Here Are the Cheapest Ways to Buy an iPhone SE


Verizon is also phasing out two-year contracts, although existing customers still have the option to renew. Their pricing is the simplest — either buy the phone outright for $400 or $500 or pay $16.66 or $20.83 per month for 24 months (for the 16 GB and 64 GB models, respectively). That’s about the same as AT&T, but with a slightly more expensive insurance plan at $11 per month.

Verizon does give you the option of trading in an iPhone 5s (provided you own it), which will allow you to get an iPhone SE for $10 per month for 24 months. That’s basically getting $160 for your iPhone 5s, which must be in good working condition. Not as good as what AT&T is offering, and definitely not as good as what you can probably get if you sell your iPhone 5s on eBay.


T-Mobile’s pricing is the same as everyone else, more or less. Buying outright is still $400 or $500, and $16.67 and $20.84 per month for 24 months line up with AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile’s insurance coverage is cheaper, at $8. You’ll need to tack on $20 for a SIM starter kit, though.


Sprint still has two-year contracts, so here’s where you’ll be able to pick up a free iPhone SE (or $50 up front for a 64 GB model). Interestingly, while the full prices are the same, Sprint does monthly pricing a little differently. Monthly payments will be $16.67 per month for 24 months for both the 16 GB and 64 GB models, with the 64 GB requiring a $100 up-front payment. Their insurance plan is $9, and does offer coverage for lost or stolen phones.

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  1. yea, there’s only one way I’m ever getting such a ridiculously priced phone, and that’s for free with contract. OR for what it’s actually worth, which is somewhere around $150, not the outrageous $400 Apple can charge just because people are Apple fans. Do I want to try it out, yes? Is it worth the money, no! Hence why I’m searching to see if it’s possible to do contracts still. Guess that answers that question. I’ll stick with my $30 dumb phone that for the love of the Goddess I have huge issues not dropping. It’s probably best I never get a smartphone, actually lol. I’m too klutzy and my line of work is outdoors.

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