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Best iPhone SE deals for December 2021

iPhone SE deals
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iPhone SE deals are easy to find these days. Retailers from AT&T to Verizon are offering discounts on Apple's budget smartphone, which can be had for next to nothing. Plus, with the iPhone 13 stealing the spotlight, iPhone SE deals have never been cheaper.

Currently, you'll find the best iPhone SE deals at wireless carriers. Many are offering the iPhone SE for free when you meet certain requirements. For instance, Verizon is offering the Phone SE for free when you add a new line and open a new Unlimited plan. Even the top-of-the-line 256GB model is on sale for just $10 per month. It's one of the best iPhone SE deals you can get right now. And we expect iPhone SE deals to get even better as we approach the holiday season. 

Today's best iPhone SE deals at a glance

Best iPhone SE deals from carriers

iPhone SE: free Beats Studio Buds + $200 gift card @ Visible

iPhone SE: free Beats Studio Buds + $200 gift card @ Visible
Verizon-owned Visible is offering epic iPhone SE deals just in time for the holidays. Simply purchase any iPhone SE, port your number to Visible, and customers will receive a free pair of Beats Studio Buds ($149 value). Plus, you'll also get a $200 prepaid gift card after you make your first three payments. 

iPhone SE: free w/ new line @ Verizon

iPhone SE: free w/ new line @ Verizon
Open a new line of service with an unlimited plan at Verizon and you'll get an iPhone SE for free. It's one of the best iPhone deals you can get right now. After discount, the 64GB is free, the 128GB is $5/month, and the 256GB model is $10/month. 

iPhone SE w/ unlimited data: $30/month @ Mint

iPhone SE w/ unlimited data: $30/month @ Mint
Mint Mobile is offering the iPhone SE bundled with unlimited data for $30/month over a 24-month span. That's one of the best deals we've seen from Mint Mobile, which operates on T-Mobile's network. You'll wind up paying just $15/month for the iPhone SE and $15/month for the unlimited data. By comparison, other carriers charge up to $60/month just for data alone. 

iPhone SE: up to $200 off w/ trade-in @ AT&T

iPhone SE: up to $200 off w/ trade-in @ AT&T
AT&T is offering up to $200 off the iPhone SE when you trade-in your old device. For instance, you can get a $65 credit for the Galaxy S8 or a $100 credit for trading in an iPhone 8. It's one of the best iPhone SE deals we've seen from AT&T this summer. 

iPhone SE: $199 w/ new line @ T-Mobile

iPhone SE: $199 w/ new line @ T-Mobile
When you buy an iPhone SE at T-Mobile, you have the chance to knock 50% off the price. You'll need to open a new line of data with the carrier and buy your phone on an installment plan. Your discount will appear as bill credits over 24 months.

Best iPhone SE deals from retailers

iPhone SE 2020 (AT&T): was $349 now $249 @ Walmart

iPhone SE 2020 (AT&T): was $349 now $249 @ Walmart
Walmart is offering the iPhone SE with AT&T service for just $249. As far as iPhone SE deals go, $100 off is a solid bargain. 

iPhone SE 2020: was $399 now $259 w/ trade-in @ Apple Store

iPhone SE 2020: was $399 now $259 w/ trade-in @ Apple Store
The Apple Store is offering up to $140 when you trade in your old phone as you buy the iPhone SE. The newer the phone, the better the discount. An iPhone 8 will get you that $140 discount while your original iPhone SE will knock $30 off the price.

iPhone SE: was $399 now $199 @ Walmart

iPhone SE: was $399 now $199 @ Walmart
If you'd rather find a different carrier for your iPhone SE, Walmart lets you save if you activate with either AT&T or Verizon. Opt for the AT&T-tied phone and you'll pay $6.63 a month for 30 months — or $199 overall. Activate at Verizon, and you'll pay $12.46 for 24 months — a $299 price.

Best iPhone SE deals with prepaid carriers

iPhone SE 2020: was $299 now $49 @ US Cellular

iPhone SE 2020: was $299 now $49 @ US Cellular
Buy the iPhone SE on a 30-month installment plan, and you'll pay $1.63 a month. That totals out to $49, which is $249 less than what US Cellular charges when you pay for the device in full.

iPhone SE 2020: was $249 now $49 @ Cricket Wireless

iPhone SE 2020: was $249 now $49 @ Cricket Wireless
Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless has returned the iPhone SE to its cheapest price, provided you bring your phone number over from another carrier. You'll also need to sign up for Cricket's $60/month unlimited data plan. Meet those conditions, and you can save $200 off the phone's regular $249 price at Cricket.

iPhone SE: was $399 now free @ Xfinity Mobile

iPhone SE: was $399 now free @ Xfinity Mobile
When you buy an iPhone SE at Xfinity, the carrier will give you the phone for free provided you activate a new line with Xfinity and bring over a phone number from another carrier. You'll get your credits for the free phone over 24 months.

iPhone SE deals at the Apple Store

iPhone SE 2020 deals

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As a reminder, the iPhone SE costs $399 for the 64GB model, $449 for the 128GB model, and $549 for the 256GB model. However, if you have an older iPhone you're willing to trade in, Apple will give you a trade-in credit toward the purchase of your iPhone SE. 

The iPhone SE 2020 houses an A13 Bionic chip, 4.7-inch Retina display, Touch ID sensor, and wireless charging. Although there's only one camera on the front and back, they get a boost from Apple's machine learning tricks to capture portraits. Face ID fans will also be bummed to learn that the new iPhone SE doesn't support that feature. Despite those few limitations, it's still an excellent phone if you don't require
the cutting-edge horsepower we found in our iPhone 13 review. (Also make sure to follow our iPhone 12 deals coverage for sales on Apple's premium smartphones). 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.