Apple announced a new iPhone, and this one isn’t about adding bold new features at a high cost. Instead, the company beefed up an iPhone 8 and gave it an affordable low-price. For many people, that’s what they need in an iPhone. The $399 iPhone SE is affordable and dependable. You can pre-order it today through Apple or your preferred carrier and get the phone on April 24th.
Configure Your iPhone
Before you order a new iPhone SE, you need to decide exactly what you’re going to order and how much you want to spend. The iPhone SE starts at $399, but you can spend more to get more.
First, you’ll want to pick a color, and you have plenty of options. The iPhone SE comes in black, white, and red. If you choose red, Apple will donate a portion of the proceeds to a fund to fight COVID-19.
Once you’ve decided on a color, it’s time to choose your hard drive size. The larger the hard drive, the more it will cost. You can purchase the iPhone SE with a 64 GB hard drive for $399, 128 GBs for $449, or 256 GB for $549.
If you don’t want to pay the full price upfront, you can sign up for a carrier deal. That’ll spread the price out over monthly payments. And if you want to reduce the price, you can trade-in your old iPhone (if it’s new enough).
The easiest place to do all of that is likely directly at Apple’s site.
Order Through Apple
Apple already has a pre-order website set up for the iPhone SE. Just click the link, and then you’ll choose whether to trade a phone in, what color, and what storage.
Once you have all that in place, you can choose from the big four carriers for a locked phone on a payment plan. If you prefer to pay upfront, you can pick your carrier and then choose to pay the full amount, or you can use the unlocked phone option.
All iPhones purchased from Apple are unlocked with one exception—iPhones on an AT&T installment plan. Once you pay off an AT&T installment plan, you can get the phone unlocked.
Order Through Your Carrier
If you’re using one of the Big Four, (soon to be Big Three), and you prefer to go direct through your carrier, you’re in luck. You can pre-order through Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint right now. Some of the carriers are offering special deals if you go through them for a limited time.
Verizon is offering to waive activation fees, and AT&T is offering visa gift cards with installment plans. If you order an iPhone on T-Mobile’s installment plan and trade in your old iPhone, T-Mobile will waive your installment fees, effectively paying for your phone.
Unfortunately, if you’re on an MVNO like Cricket or Consumer Cellular, you’ll have to wait to get your iPhone SE. We’ve looked around and couldn’t find any of the pre-paid carriers offering pre-orders for the iPhone SE. None of the sites confirmed when they’ll start carrying the iPhone, but it’s likely to be April 24th at the soonest.