The best iPhone SE deals in January 2018

It finally seems to have happened. iPhone SE deal prices may finally have bottomed out. After the fanfare that met Apple's 2016 launch of a budget handset, iPhone SE prices have fallen steadily since. But after a few months of plateaued contract plans, we reckon that the SE is now as cheap as it ever will be.

There are are now plenty of tariffs going for less than £20 per month, which includes the 128GB model. Plus, thanks to some epic cashback offers on varying networks, you can now get the iPhone SE for as little as an effective £14 per month. That's exceptional value.

The tech world rejoiced when the iPhone SE was released. Finally a new Apple phone that doesn't require you to remortgage your house - unlike the iPhone X! It looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S. But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it's fully up to date, with a super-fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S.

If cheap iPhone SE deals are what you seek, then you've definitely come to the right place. Use TechRadar's comparison chart to easily find the ideal plan, or scroll down further to find our pick of the best SE deals on the market.

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Top 5 best iPhone SE deals across all UK networks:

Lower down the page you'll be able to read about all of the best iPhone SE deals on a model-by-model and network-by-network basis. But first of all here are the best deals so you can instantly see what the best offers are from O2, Three and Vodafone, with EE deals currently leading the pack.

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £14pm (after cashback)
Pinch yourself - you aren't dreaming! Yes, you are reading that correctly and no, it isn't a joke. Thanks to this phenomenal offer from Carphone Warhouse-owned e2save, now is a great time to buy the iPhone SE. There's a little bit of effort required from you to get this price - redeeming the £95 cashback over the year - but it's definitely worth it for this price. Total cost over 24 months is £336 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal from e2save

iPhone SE 128GB | 99p upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £27pm
This brilliant O2 tariff sold by Carphone Warehouse-owned Mobiles.co.uk ticks a lot of boxes. Virtually free upfront - tick. Loads of onboard memory - tick. Decent data allowance - tick. Reasonable monthly spend - tick. O2's Priority rewards - tick. We think you probably get the picture... Total cost over is 24 months is £648.99

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £23pm
£23 per month for 4GB data on the iPhone SE is a pretty decent tariff in its own right. But once combined with Mobiles.co.uk's £132 cashback offer, it's incredible. It's a bit of a faff to claim the cashback (you have to redeem it over five installments over the two year contract) but well worth it in our view. Total cost over 24 months is £420 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | 30GB data | £31pm
Three has long been the network synonymous with big data, and it's no different on iPhone SE deals. 30GB is absolutely stacks of data - you'll have to try quite hard to use more than that every month. The handset is absolutely free and the monthlies are £31 a month - a pound less than in December. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £768

Get this iPhone SE deal from Affordable Mobiles

iPhone SE 128GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99pm
QUICK! Get this while the usual £50 upfront cost has been slashed to nought. The diminutive iPhone with the big internal storage. This deal for the 128GB version of the SE is brilliant. A great price for stacks of room to save photos, files and your favourite tunes. 128GB handsets are in short supply though, so you'll need to get in there quick. Total cost over 24 months is £551.76

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk 

iPhone SE review

Still brilliant a couple of years on

Screen size: 4-inches | Resolution: 640 x 1136 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2Mp | Weight: 113g | OS: iOS 10.3.2 | RAM: 2GB | Battery: 1624mAh

Surprisingly powerful
Great battery life
Budget price point
Outdated screen

Launched back in March 2016, the 'Special Edition' iPhone SE was a rare example of Apple dropping its entry-level price to allow bargain-hunters a piece of the iPhone pie. It reduced the screen size from the iPhone 6, but kitted it out with the same camera as the iPhone 6S. In short, it's a premium smartphone with a lower price tag – and we like that!

Read TechRadar's full iPhone SE review

Now let's break down the best iPhone SE deals by network...

Best iPhone SE deals on EE

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 1GB data | £14pm (after cashback)
Pinch yourself - you aren't dreaming! Yes, you are reading that correctly and no, it isn't a joke. Thanks to this phenomenal offer from Carphone Warhouse-owned e2save, now is a great time to buy the iPhone SE. There's a little bit of effort required from you to get this price - redeeming the £95 cashback over the year - but it's definitely worth it for this price. Total cost over 24 months is £336 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal from e2save

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
We have to admit that 5GB deals on EE have been better over the previous weeks, so this is now the one to go for if you want the UK's fastest 4G network but more than a negligible data allowance. You get a free phone thrown in and 5GB of data a month, as well as a £20 cashback bonus when you sign up. Total cost over 24 months is £631.76 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal: from Buymobiles

iPhone SE 128GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited mins and texts | 2GB data | £22.99pm
QUICK! Get this while the usual £50 upfront cost has been slashed to nought. The diminutive iPhone with the big internal storage. This deal for the 128GB version of the SE is brilliant. A great price for stacks of room to save photos, files and your favourite tunes. 128GB handsets are in short supply though, so you'll need to get in there quick. Total cost over 24 months is £551.76

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk 

Best iPhone SE deals on O2

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £24pm
O2 is not the network to go for on the iPhone SE if you want to bag the cheapest prices. It has been good in the past, but not at the moment. But if your mind is already made up, then this tariff from Mobiles.co.uk is the least expensive. The £20 automatic cashback at least reduces the sting - a little. The cost over 24 months is £576

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone SE 128GB | 99p upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £27pm
This brilliant O2 tariff ticks a lot of boxes. Virtually free upfront - tick. Loads of onboard memory - tick. Decent data allowance - tick. Reasonable monthly spend - tick. We think you probably get the picture... Total cost over is 24 months is £648.99

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

Best iPhone SE deals on Vodafone

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £18pm
This all new low price on Vodafone just became available on the iPhone SE and we really like it. £18 per month is really good value and it's back to being free upfront as well. Really cheap, and no effort required with cashback or anything either. Total cost over 24 months is £432

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £23pm
£23 per month for 4GB data on the iPhone SE is a pretty decent tariff in its own right. But once combined with Mobiles.co.uk's £132 cashback offer, it's incredible. It's a bit of a faff to claim the cashback (you have to redeem it over five instalments over the two year contract) but well worth it in our view. Total cost over 24 months is £420 (after cashback)

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 16GB data | £36pm
If you were here hoping to take advantage of Vodafone's mega 26GB tariff, we're afraid that's now gone. 10GB have been knocked off the monthly data allowance. What's more, the £50 cashback sweetner has also been withdrawn. least the phone won't cost you a penny upfront. Total cost over 24 months is £864

Get this iPhone SE deal from Mobiles.co.uk

Best iPhone SE deals on Three

iPhone SE 32GB | £19.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £26pm
Three has some top iPhone SE deals this month, kicking off with this offering which is asking only £26 per month over two years in return for a 32GB iPhone SE. It's currently £49 upfront (it was free for a while, we're afraid) and then there's unlimited calls and texts, and a very healthy 12GB of data to keep you going every month. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £643.99

Get this iPhone SE deal: at Affordablemobiles

iPhone SE 32GB | £19 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £20pm
Fancy spending even less each month and saving over the two years of your contract? Then this is the iPhone SE deal for you. You'll pay £20 upfront, and from there you're laughing with a £20 monthly fee, 1GB of data and unlimited calls and texts. You'll end up spending just less than £500 over the two year contract. Total cost over 24 months is £499

Get this iPhone SE deal directly from Three

iPhone SE 32GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited minutes | Unlimited texts | 30GB data | £31pm
Three has long been the network synonymous with big data, and it's no different on iPhone SE deals. 30GB is absolutely stacks of data - you'll have to try quite hard to use more than that every month. The handset is absolutely free and the monthlies are £31 a month - a pound less than in December. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £768

Get this iPhone SE deal from Affordable Mobiles