If you're looking for an iPhone, but don't want to spend a fortune, the iPhone SE 2 is the phone for you. In this article we'll look at where you can buy one at the best price, especially now that it's December and the Christmas deals season is upon us.

Since the arrival of the iPhone SE in April 2020 Apple has introduced four newer iPhones. The best news is that when Apple introduced the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in October it also reduced the UK price of the iPhone SE from £419 to £399. (It still costs $399 in the US.) If you'd like to buy one of those newer handsets, by the way, read our best iPhone 12 deals article.

Alongside the SE and the 12 series, Apple's also still selling the iPhone 11 (we have a roundup of best iPhone 11 deals too). It's probably the most iPhones Apple has ever sold at one time, in fact.

In this article we look at all the places you can buy the iPhone SE 2 SIM-free and on contract. We also point out which retailers have the handset in stock at the best price.

Apple announced the iPhone SE 2 on 15 April 2020 and devices started shipping on 24 April. You can have the phone delivered to you for free by the next day when you order from Apple.

How much does the iPhone SE cost?

First up: cost. Apple's most affordable iPhone now starts at £399/US$399 (the previous version launched at £419 in the UK). You can get it for £269/US$259 if you trade in an older qualifying phone. It's available in a few different configurations:

  • iPhone SE (2020, 64GB): £399 / $399 / AUD$529
  • iPhone SE (2020, 128GB): £449 / $449 / AUD$829
  • iPhone SE (2020, 256GB): £549 / $549 / AUD$999

The phone is available in white, black and Product Red and, as with all iPhone purchases now, you get a year of Apple TV+ included for free.

In terms of design, it's closest to the iPhone 8, which means a 4.7in screen - not quite as small as the 4in original iPhone SE. The handset is a similar size to the iPhone 12 mini, but with a much smaller screen.

With the iPhone SE you get a 4.7in display with a 12MP rear-facing camera and 7MP front-facing camera, all powered by an A13 Bionic processor. You also get IP67 water and dust resistance. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty, here's our review of the iPhone SE.

iPhone SE 2 (2020) trade-in discounts

Don't forget you can save when you trade in your old qualifying phone with Apple or other retailers participating in a trade-in program.

Apple offers up to £130/US$140 off the SE 2 when you trade in your old iPhone. You'll have to select the trade-in option during purchase and answer a few questions about your existing phone model, storage capacity and condition. You'll need to provide your IMEI number as well. Read about Apple's Trade In scheme.

You can get even more money off if you trade-in via Currys PC World, which is offering up to £240 off the iPhone SE when you trade in an older iPhone. Head to Currys to see how much your device is worth.

However, the greatest discount comes from Amazon, which offers up to £400 off in trade-in value. See how Amazon's trade-in process works.

Apple reseller KRCS also offers a trade-in scheme.

Where to buy the iPhone SE (2020) SIM-free

Apple sells the 60GB iPhone SE for £399/$399, the 128GB iPhone SE for £449/$449 and the 256GB model for £549/$549 - you can order from Apple. and have it delivered the next day. But Apple's not the only place to buy the iPhone SE and it certainly isn't the cheapest - if any reseller is currently discounting the handset you will see the lower price below.

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The iPhone SE 2 is available to buy direct from Apple. You can also buy it SIM-free from a number of other retailers:

  • Affordable Mobiles - Free next day delivery
  • Amazon - Free next-day delivery with Amazon Prime
  • Argos - 2-day standard delivery available for £3.95
  • Carphone Warehouse - Free next day delivery; buy on contract and get free Apple AirPods
  • Currys PC World - £5 next-day delivery or free delivery in 4-5 working days
  • E2Save - Free next day delivery
  • John Lewis- Free standard delivery, £6.95 for next day delivery
  • KRCS - Free next day delivery
  • Mobiles.co.uk - Free next day delivery
  • Mobile Phones Direct - Free next day delivery when ordered before 8pm Monday to Friday
  • Very - £3.99 for standard delivery, arrives within 1 day; free delivery with Click & Collect

Where to buy the iPhone SE (2020) on contract

As expected, you can pick up the new iPhone SE from a number of different networks.

Deals from O2 include 6 months of Disney Plus for free.

Other retailers offering the iPhone SE 2020 on contract:

We've also compared the original iPhone SE to the iPhone SE 2 if you want to know what kind of upgrades and differences to expect.

iPhone SE (2020) refurbished deals

You can save on the new iPhone SE 2 when you opt for refurbished. Though you're buying a device that has been pre-owned, buying refurbished isn't the same as simply buying second-hand - the main difference being that the product has been repaired and rigorously tested to ensure it works just like new. Refurbished devices often come with additional warranty arrangements for peace of mind if you are to run into any issues after purchase.

MusicMagpie is a great source to shop for refurbished deals, although right now its prices are higher than Amazon's. You reduce the rate if you choose to trade-in your old device or old tech for cashback.

When shopping refurbished, look out for Apple Certified Refurbished products. These have been repaired, with parts replaced as needed, and thoroughly tested (and cleaned) to meet the Apple standard. You can find Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones from the Apple Refurbished Store.

Wondering if there's a more affordable option than the SE? We answer the question What is the cheapest iPhone? in a separate article.