Getting the right smartphone is always a delicate puzzle of balancing your needs, budget, and what's available from top-tier companies. We're constantly tracking the latest and greatest smartphones to find you the best deals going, including for Apple's exceptional (and exceptionally cheap) iPhone SE.
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As we said in our best smartphones list, if you want a budget iPhone then the decision has really been made for you: the iPhone SE, announced in April last year, has the internals from an iPhone 11 (including the camera system) with the body of an iPhone 8.
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If you don't mind having a smaller, 4.7-inch display and Touch ID (which, let's face it, is much more convenient with a face mask) then the SE is a no brainer. Loads of UK and US mobile networks have great deals, too, with lots of data and other perks for little upfront and monthly sums.
Battery life is great, iOS is fantastic and keeps being updated with new features, the camera (borrowed from the iPhone 11) takes stunning shots, and it has everything else you'd expect from an Apple-made device.
That's really it: everything that makes the high-end iPhones great is the same within the SE, but it's suited to people with small hands (and pockets) or small budgets or both. It's easily the best budget smartphone on the market.
Cheap iPhone SE deals [USA]
iPhone SE (2020) | Mint Mobile | 3 month rolling | 12GB data | $399 upfront | $25/month | Buy from Mint (opens in new tab)
If you live in America, Mint is offering a fantastic iPhone SE deal with 12GB data and a three month rolling contract with $60 off right now. It's the best way to get Apple's fantasitc budget SE for cheap.
Cheap iPhone SE deals [UK]
iPhone SE (2020) | Three | 24 months | 100GB data | £0 upfront | £26/month | Buy from Fonehouse (opens in new tab)
Three, via Fonehouse, has the best iPhone SE deal we've seen so far: a whopping 100GB data, plus unlimited everything else, with no upfront costs and a really low monthly rate. It's easily one of the best budget smartphone deals we've seen in a while.
If you're on the lookout to replace an old iPhone, or switch from Android, then the iPhone SE is perfect: cheap, powerful, and well-designed. Don't miss out on these deals.
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