If you're looking for an iPhone but don't want to shell out thousands of pounds, the iPhone SE 2 is the phone for you. we're looking at where you can buy one at the best price, especially now that it's September and the dawn of the Back to School season.

Apple announced the iPhone SE 2 on 15 April, started pre-orders started 17 April, and started shipping devices on Friday, 24 April. While Apple Store are slowly starting to open, you can have the phone delivered to you for free by the next day when you order from Apple.

Here we're looking at all the places you can buy the iPhone SE 2 SIM-free and on contract. We're also pointing out which retailers have the handset in stock if you're looking for a quick delivery turnaround.

How much does the iPhone SE cost?

First up: cost. Apple's latest and most affordable iPhone starts at £419/US$399 though you can get it for £279/US$229/AUD$529 if you trade in your old qualifying phone. It's available in a few different configurations:

  • iPhone SE (2020, 64GB): £419/$399/AUD$529
  • iPhone SE (2020, 128GB): £469/$449/AUD$829
  • iPhone SE (2020, 256GB): £569/$549/AUD$999

The phones are available in white, black and (Product)Red.

We look at the price of the iPhone SE - and how it compares to the price in the US here.

As with all iPhone purchases now, you get a year of Apple TV+ included for free.

In terms of design, it's closer to the iPhone 8, which means it isn't quite as small as the 4in original iPhone SE, which was discontinued in 2018.

Instead, you get a 4.7in display with a 12Mp rear-facing camera and 7Mp front-facing camera, all powered with an A13 Bionic processor. You also get IP67 water and dust resistance. If you want to get into the nitty-gritties, here's everything there is to know about the iPhone SE 2.

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 £155/US$170/AUD$270 (bumped up from £140/AUD$220!) 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 program.

You can get 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 program which you can read about here. KCRS has the lowest iPhone SE 2 price at £414.82.

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

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The iPhone SE 2 is now available to buy directly from Apple. You can also buy it SIM-free from a number of other retailers (listed below). 

Of retailers offering iPhone SE 2 SIM-free in the UK, KRCS currently has the lowest price at £414.82:

  • Affordable Mobiles - Free next day delivery
  • Amazon -  Free next 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, and cheapest SIM-free price at £414.82
  • 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.

Carphone Warehouse is offering Apple AirPods with select iPhone SE deals. 

Virgin is also bundling a pair of AirPods for an additional £4 per month added to your contract. This works out to £96 and saves you £43 off the AirPods' RRP.

Mobile Phones Direct currently has an offer that bundles a free 10.2in iPad worth £349.

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

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. It currently has the iPhone SE (2020) with 64GB storage for £399. The offer includes a 12-month warranty. You can further 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. They currently don't have the iPhone SE (2020), but you can find iPhone 8 for £469