With the recent release of the iPhone 8 and the forthcoming release of the iPhone X, it can be easy to forget about their smaller cousins, and just how much power is packed into their diminutive bodies.
No, I'm not talking about the iPhone 6s or 7, though those remain great devices. Instead I'm referring to the "budget" iPhone SE. You can pick one up very cheaply these days from one of the major carriers. Below we outline the buying options for the SE on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
AT&T is giving customers the choice of buying the new iPhone SE at full price, or opting for the AT&T Next early upgrade plan. Next allows you to take home your new iPhone for $0 upfront, and you can choose to pay it off over 24 months (upgrading after 18 months), or over 30 months, with a 24-month upgrade option.
Sprint offers leases, installment plans and, of course, outright purchases for the iPhone SE. As mentioned elsewhere, another option for saving some serious money on Sprint is to purchase your device from one of the company's competitors (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon) and bring it over for an entire year of free unlimited talk, text and data. After 12 months are up, the regular plan price of $60 will kick in. That's still the cheapest unlimited plan among the four major carriers.
Customers can take home the iPhone SE on T-Mobile's ONE plans, with the option of paying full price upfront or signing on to pay in installments. The Equipment Installment Plan spreads the cost of your device over 24 months, although you may need to make a down payment depending on your credit history.
If you’d like to upgrade early via JUMP!, you'll pay an extra $10 per month on top of your installment plan pricing. Once 50% of your device is paid for, you can trade in your SE and upgrade to a new phone.
Interested in jumping aboard Verizon and their amazing network? You can grab an iPhone SE on a 24-month installment option if you want to spread out your handset's total cost. Otherwise, you can pick up your device at full price upfront, and avoid being locked into a service plan.