If you're an Apple fan on a budget, this week's best iPhone SE deals should be your first port of call. Not only is the device the cheapest in the current range from Apple, but it's been around for a while now - meaning most carriers are readily offering excellent iPhone SE deals across the board. Both prepaid and major carriers are have great options right now and we've listed and compared them all just below.
Retailing for $429 puts the new iPhone SE 2022 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 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 $280 off iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon
Verizon's been offering the iPhone SE 2022 for free alongside a new unlimited data line for a while now and it remains an extremely strong option for those who don't want to go through the usual trade-in criteria to get a free device at a carrier. However, this iPhone SE 2022 deal at Verizon is pretty much overshadowed right now by the fact you can get either an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus for free under the same terms right now. Since these devices are both more powerful (and more modern looking) we'd only recommend going for the SE if the deals on the flagship devices have been discontinued.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: 6 months of free service with a device at Mint Mobile
Mint Mobile is one of the best prepaid plans you can buy right now and it's a superb pairing with a cheaper device like the iPhone SE. Not only can you get plans for as little as $15 per month via Mint Mobile but the carrier is also offering a whole six months of service for free when new customers pick up an iPhone at the Mint store. While you'll be paying a fair bit upfront here, Mint's cheap cell phone plans mean you can save a significant amount of money in the long run if you stick with it.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: was
$379.99 now $99.99 with new plan at Total by Verizon
One of the cheapest iPhone SE 2022 deals you'll find anywhere on the market right now is over at Total by Verizon. This prepaid carrier is giving the device away for just $100 right now, although you will need to be porting your number over from another carrier to be eligible. You'll also need to be on either the $50/mo or $60/mo unlimited plan to get this deal, which aren't the cheapest possible plans at Total. They are, however, still much cheaper than the parent companies unlimited plans. Note, another good prepaid alternative is the iPhone SE 2022 for $149 at Straight Talk.
Apple iPhone SE 2022:
$379.99 $149 with a plan at Straight Talk
Another excellent prepaid iPhone SE deal to consider this week, Straight Talk is offering the device for just $149 alongside a new line. Straight Talk is another carrier that's a good option if you're looking to get away from the usual pricey unlimited plans at the major carriers. While we've seen the carrier give this device away for $99 under these terms before - the super cheap plans remain the same (as little as $35/mo with one line).
Apple iPhone SE 2022: $5.99/mo with an unlimited data plan at AT&T
AT&T's current iPhone SE 2022 deal is offering the device for $5 per month, making it easily one of the cheapest iPhones at the carrier right now for those who don't trade in. Two caveats, however. One, you'll still need that unlimited data plan, and two; we've seen this one go for as little as $2 per month under the same terms before. If you're looking for the cheapest possible price then it could be worth waiting it out until a new promotion crops up. If you have a decent device to trade in, we would also recommend looking at the latest iPhone 15 series, which currently has up to $1,000 off with a trade.
Apple iPhone SE 2022: get up to $650 off with a trade-in at Apple
The best, cheapest, and only route available to those looking for an unlocked device is to go via Apple itself. While there aren't any discounts on the official store, Apple runs its own trade-in program that can be useful for getting a discount while offering a convenient way to get rid of your old device. Right now, the maximum saving is $600 but you won't get anywhere near that unless you're handing over a very highly valued device - you'll only get $80 for a second-generation iPhone SE for example.
Apple iPhone SE 2022:
$429 $379.99 at Boost Mobile
Sure, it's not the biggest price cut in the world, but this week's $50 discount at Boost Mobile could be a good option if you're looking to pair the device up with a reasonably priced prepaid plan. 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.
iPhone SE 2022 deals: what you need to know
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.
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