The best iPhone SE 2022 deals for March 2023

This week's best iPhone SE 2022 deals are perfect for Apple fans on a budget. Now this device has been out for a while, there are more than a few excellent promotions to consider from both big and prepaid carriers. For our readers looking to save some cash on this awesome new device, we've rounded up all of this week's best Apple iPhone SE 2022 deals into one handy list just down below.

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Retailing for $429 puts the new iPhone SE 2022 (opens in new tab) just a tad more expensive than its 2020 predecessor - which retailed for $399. While that's a bummer for those who were hoping this palm-friendly device was going to get cheaper, there's a lot going on under the hood with this new entry that's looking to justify that extra cost.

Primarily, a huge processor upgrade to the latest Apple A15 Bionic chip means that this small but mighty device is now (almost unbelievably) matching the iPhone 13 flagship when it comes to outright power. Not only is it super speedy, but having the latest Apple silicone allows better battery life, the latest iOS 15, and enables the device to squeeze out a few improvements to its single 12MP camera.

For those looking for a robust palm-friendly design that harkens back to older smartphone designs, it's a fantastic choice. Even better still, this week's iPhone SE 2022 deals allow you to pick it up for way cheaper than the iPhone 13 and other more expensive Apple devices.

If you'd like to read more about this device, head on down to the bottom of the page for a full specs breakdown and mini-review. Also worth checking out is our main iPhone deals (opens in new tab) page, where we directly compare this device against its more expensive siblings.

Apple iPhone SE 2022 deals

Apple iPhone SE 2022: free with unlimited plan, plus free iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: free with unlimited plan, plus free iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Verizon's latest iPhone SE 2022 deal offers this excellent device free of charge as long as you pick one up alongside an unlimited data plan. Not only that, but you'll also get a free iPad and Apple Watch SE in addition. Overall, this is an exceptional deal but it's unfortunately overshadowed by both the iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) and iPhone 13 mini (opens in new tab) - both of which are available for free under the same terms. You can also find the iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab) available for just $5 per month under the same terms.

Apple iPhone SE 2022:  $5/mo with an unlimited data plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $5/mo with an unlimited data plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)
AT&T's significantly upped its iPhone SE 2022 deals this week to offer a significant monthly discount on this great budget device. Eligible with an unlimited data plan, you can now get the phone for just $5 per month over a 36-month period. No trade-ins are needed here so it's a very flexible option overall for those who want a decent 5G device on a budget. 

Apple iPhone SE 2022:  6-months of free service with device at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: 6-months of free service with device at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Mint Mobile is another prepaid great choice since it's offering new users a chance to get a whole 6-months of service for free right now. To be eligible, you'll need to purchase a device outright with a 6-month plan. This can be quite pricey upfront but if you do that you'll be set for a full year of speedy 5G data. Going with Mint will mean big savings in the long run - especially if you were also considering going with one of the bigger carriers.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: starting at $209 with activation and trade-in (T-Mobile) at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: starting at $209 with activation and trade-in (T-Mobile) at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Best Buy's got iPhone SE 2022 deals available right now for T-Mobile devices specifically - with a combination of an activation rebate and trade-in saving up for grabs. Currently, the minimum saving with these combined is $220, which means you can get a device for just $209.99 (opens in new tab). We imagine, combined, you can potentially get a device for free here, although the fine print is a little obscure.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $429 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: $429 $379.99 at Boost Mobile (opens in new tab)
Sure, it's not the biggest price cut in the world, but this week's $50 discount at Boost Mobile is its best yet on the new Apple iPhone SE 2022. Valid with any data plan, you'll be saving a decent chunk here - not to mention the savings you'll be making on your monthly payments should you forgo the usual unlimited data plans at one of the bigger carriers. With some great pay-monthly and family options, Boost is one of the better prepaid carriers out there at the moment.

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $600 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)

Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $600 off with a trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)
Ahh, the classic. Yes, the Apple trade-in program is, as you would expect, available on the latest budget device from the brand. Right now, you'll need an iPhone 8 or later to be eligible here but a maximum saving of up to $600 will be in effect. While enough to technically cover the entire cost of the device, it's likely you won't get the full amount if you're upgrading from a 2020 SE, so bear that in mind.

iPhone SE 2022 deals: what you need to know

Apple iPhone SE 2022: specs

Apple iPhone SE 2022 in Midnight, Starlight, and Product Red

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OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 4.7-inch Liquid Retina| Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A15 Bionic | Memory: 4GB | Weight: 144g |Storage: 64 / 128 / 256| Battery: N/A | Rear camera: 12MP wide | Front camera: 7MP 

So, it's here - Apple's new budget iOS device - is it worth it? Well, first off, if you're looking for a resoundingly powerful device for under $500 then the answer is definitely yes. The Apple A15 Bionic chip in this device is not only the same powerful processor that's found in the more premium iPhone 13 device, but it'll easily outperform most rival mid-range devices from Samsung, Google, and the like.

With the latest tech under the hood, not only are you getting super zippy performance with this small device, but you'll unlock 5G capabilities, more algorithmic-based improvements for your camera, and, on the whole, much improved battery life all around. It's quite simply a fully featured, modern iPhone for a fraction of the price of the latest iPhone 13.

Having such a powerful chip under the hood comes with a compromise, however. By far the biggest drawback of the iPhone SE 2022 is that it features essentially the same basic design as the 2020 model - which itself was based on the iPhone 8. Aside from improvements to toughen up the screen, this means you're still getting those chunky bezels and smaller 4.7-inch display. Considering even mid-range devices from the competition offer bezel-less displays and generally much bigger displays, the iPhone SE 2022 does look dated in comparison.

If you're cool with this then it's all good - this will be a great device for your needs. Not only does the new chip massively extend the life-cycle of this device thanks to its support for 5G, but Apple has guaranteed software updates for many years to come. Out the box, the iPhone SE 2022 also comes with the latest iOS 15 operating system.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.