Best cheap iPhone SE (2020) deals in September 2023

The best iPhone SE deals
(Image credit: Future/Apple)

If you want an affordable iPhone, making the most of one of these cheap iPhone SE deals is going to be a great option, especially with the brand new iPhone SE 3 Gen going on sale on 18th March 2022. The iPhone SE is Apple's original 'budget' smartphone, and though it was originally released in March 2016, it had an updated release in 2020, and so currently represents a fantastic smartphone for the money you're spending - especially with the more recent iPhone SE 3 prices taking a bigger chunk out of your wallet. 

Below, we've pulled together the very best options if you want to buy an iPhone SE handset outright, and then we've detailed the very best contracts that are available, if you want to pay for the iPhone SE over several months. Below that, we've put together even more information about the iPhone SE, from where we rank in amongst its brothers and sisters, to what we think is a decent price to spend on it.

Want to see more Apple iPhone deals? We've put together the best iPhone 8 deals, the best iPhone 11 deals, and all the best iPhone 13 deals if you wanted the latest model.

The best iPhone SE deals: handsets 

The best iPhone SE deals: contracts

iPhone SE: all you need to know

With so many iPhones out there, it's important to know where the iPhone SE stands in the iPhone pecking order - and if it's the right iPhone option for you. We think the iPhone SE is a combination of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 11. That's because it's the same size as the iPhone 8, but it has more advanced internal tech. Inside, its CPU and 4K video capacity is more akin to the iPhone 11, with an A13 Bionic chip offering really great speeds, and yet it retails cheaper than the iPhone 8 when that was released. As long as you're not getting an iPhone for the camera, and don't mind a modest screen size, the iPhone SE is a fantastic option for the price.

iPhone SE: specs

Screen size: 4.7-inches
Rear camera: 12MP
Apple A13 Bionic chip
750 x 1334

Talking of the price, the iPhone SE comes in two storage sizes and prices: 64GB at $399/£389, and 128GB at $449/£439. That's it's retail price, but since it's still supported and sold through Apple, this is still a pretty accurate idea of what most iPhone SE prices will be today. The best iPhone SE deal we've seen so far on the 2020 release was $389/£379 on the smaller 64GB model. Not a massive amount, we admit, but to get any money off Apple products is a boon, so if you see any deal around that price, we advise you seriously think about snapping it up. 

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren likes nothing better than to climb himself a bit of rock.