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iPhone SE deals: get the best prices and plans for December 2021

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We've rounded up all the nation's best iPhone SE deals right here on this page for our readers who want an Apple device, but don't want to break the bank. Initially released last year, the iPhone SE still reigns as the budget Apple champ for 2021, not least because it weighs in at around half the cost of some of the new 12-series devices. IPhone SE deals are particularly generous too, giving you plenty of options to bag this device for completely free... with a few steps of course.

The iPhone SE 2020 manages to pack in some seriously powerful components for the price, kept down thanks to Apple's re-use of the venerable old iPhone 8 chassis. Featuring a physical home button with Touch ID, inside you're getting a brand new A13 Bionic chip and the device now supports wireless charging as well. The display is 4.7-inches and you've got the choice of three colors right now: black, white, and Product Red. You've also got the choice of three storage configurations: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB - which are priced accordingly. Lastly, the iPhone SE 2020 totes a versatile camera system, with a 7MP front-facing facing camera, a 12MP rear camera, and full support for 4K recording.

The iPhone SE normally retails for around $399 currently on its baseline 65GB model. Those prices expand to $449 and $549 for the expanded 128GB and 256GB version but the good news is there's plenty of discounts available across the whole range. Apple especially has a fantastic trade-in program that can give you an upfront saving of up to $500 depending on your old phone. What's more, now the long-awaited iPhone 12 launch has finally dropped, with the iPhone 12 Mini joining it as another 'budget' option, we could potentially be looking at further price drops really soon.

The best iPhone SE deals

The best iPhone SE deals from carriers

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo free with a new unlimited plan at Verizon
For carrier iPhone SE deals, your best bet this week is to head on over to Verizon, where you can score a free device with a new line on an unlimited data plan. No trade-ins are needed here which makes it all the much sweeter. Note, however, we would strongly recommend that you check out the iPhone 12 mini at Verizon instead. Why? It's actually available for free under the same terms if you buy online and we'd personally opt for the more premium device.

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo

Apple iPhone SE: $16.66/mo $5/mo with a new unlimited plan at AT&T
If AT&T is your carrier of choice, then you can also score a number of great iPhone SE deals over at the official site this week. Firstly, the carrier is offering the device on a monthly installment price of just $5 a month if you pick it up with a new plan. Even over a 30-month plan duration that's pretty cheap, although can also trade in an older device for an additional saving of up to $200 too - which can potentially mean you pay nothing for your iPhone SE.

Apple iPhone SE: $47

Apple iPhone SE: $47 $30/mo at Mint Mobile
If you're looking for an all-inclusive cheap iPhone SE deal that covers both your device and plan, then consider Mint Mobile. This excellent prepaid carrier is offering both the device and a 2-year 4GB a month plan for just $30 a month. For context, that's about the cost you'd pay for the plan at a major carrier just by itself, so this is a great option if you're looking to save.

Apple iPhone SE: save up to $515 with trade-in at Apple

Apple iPhone SE: save up to $515 with trade-in at Apple
For unlocked iPhone SE deals, your options are definitely more limited - especially since Apple itself is more or less the only retailer that sells new devices. Don't be discouraged though - the retailer offers its own trade-in service that can actually score you a free device right now - depending on your old device that is.

Apple iPhone SE: $399.99

Apple iPhone SE: $399.99 $249.99 at Boost Mobile
Alongside Mint, Boost Mobile is another good prepaid carrier to consider - especially since it's offering hefty price cuts on iPhone SE deals right now. Boost's prepaid plans are especially good if you're looking for a flexible family or 2-line option as it allows you to bundle in extra lines at really reasonable rates.

$249

Apple iPhone SE: $249 free for new customers at Cricket Wireless
What's better than cheap iPhone SE deals? Well, free iPhone SE deals of course. That's exactly what Cricket Wireless, a prepaid carrier operating on the AT&T network is offering this week. The catch here is you'll need to be a new customer to be eligible, either via a new number of via a switch. Still, this prepaid carrier offers a ton of cheap data plans, so it's another strong option.

Apple iPhone SE: $449

Apple iPhone SE: $449 $199 at PureTalk USA
While not quite as cheap as Cricket Wireless this week, another great iPhone SE deal for those looking for a cheap AT&T alternative can be found over at PureTalk USA. Buy an iPhone SE (or any Apple device) with one of the 20GB ($45 per month) or over plans and you'll get a full $250 off the price of your device upfront. Not bad.

Apple iPhone SE:  $100 gift card with switch at Visible

Apple iPhone SE: $100 gift card with switch at Visible
While Visible's iPhone SE deals this week will see you paying full price for a device, you'll bag some nice freebies if you're looking to switch over. Up for grabs is a free $100 gift card to spend pretty much anywhere online. Of course, the main selling point for Visible is its awesome unlimited data plan, which can be as little as just $25 a month.

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Apple iPhone SE (2020)
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15GBdata
Data:
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Messaging to MX & CA included
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Apple iPhone SE (2020)
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(slowed to 128 kbps speeds)
Unlimited mins
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Calls to MX & CA included
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Get a new iPhone SE + Premium Wireless starting at just $30/mo
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Apple iPhone SE (2020)
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Unlimited mins
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Mackenzie Frazier

Mackenzie Frazier is the deals editor in the US for TechRadar at Future plc. She's been sharing deal advice for Future for the past three years and loves to find products that the consumer wants at the best possible price. She's had eight years of experience working in the e-commerce space and loves being a mom to her baby boy.