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As weâ€™ve mentioned before, Appleâ€™s new iPhone SE is already a pretty fantastic deal, considering youâ€™re getting many of the modern specs of an iPhone 11 for about half the price. However, while Appleâ€™s $399 asking price is already great, there are some even better deals available.
The iPhone SE is officially arriving in stores today, and as part of its release Samâ€™s Club has partnered with AT&T to offer a pretty killer promo, but if past deals are any indication, youâ€™re going to want to jump on this one pretty quickly as itâ€™s only available while supplies last, and those supplies are likely to sell out fast.
Whatâ€™s the Deal?
Thatâ€™s not all, however. For AT&T upgrades, Samâ€™s Club members who purchase the iPhone SE this weekend (Apr 24â€“26, 2020) will also get $100 off the instalment price, which ultimately works out to $200 in savings, or basically getting the iPhone SE for half price.
How It Works
To take advantage of the deal, follow this link to Samâ€™s Club and go through the normal process of ordering the new iPhone SE on an AT&T instalment plan.
The prices work out to $10/month for the 64GB iPhone SE or $11.67/month for the 128GB model, on a 30-month 0% APR instalment agreement. You must also be on a qualified unlimited rate plan. Note that youâ€™ll also need to pay any taxes due up front, and depending on your credit history, might need to make a down payment.
Once youâ€™ve completed your purchase and upgrade, your Samâ€™s Club eGift card should be sent out to you within 21 days to whatever email address you used at the time of activation.
Whatâ€™s the Catch?
This offer is only available for AT&T customers who are upgrading to the iPhone SE, so sadly if youâ€™re thinking about switching carriers or signing up for a new AT&T plan, it seems that youâ€™ll be out of luck here, and your plan must also be eligible for an upgrade. That said, if youâ€™re a new AT&T customer, you can get the iPhone SE for as little as $5/month on eligible new activations, although this likely appears as a bill credit that requires you to keep the service for the full 30-month term.
On the other hand, while the Samâ€™s Club deal is only available on the instalment plan, itâ€™s a discount taken right off the top, and thereâ€™s no penalty for early repayment. This means you could sign up and then pay off the full balance once your first bill comes.
Note that for whatever reason, the 256GB version fo the iPhone SE isnâ€™t included in this deal. In fact, right now it looks like Samâ€™s Club isnâ€™t offering that model at all on AT&T, even without the promotional deal.
Like any promotion, of course, this is also only available while supplies last, and Samâ€™s Club wonâ€™t be offering rainchecks, so if they run out of iPhone SE stock before May 8th, youâ€™ll be out of luck.
Other Great Deals
If youâ€™re on AT&T and looking to upgrade to the iPhone SE, or know somebody who is, this is a pretty great deal, but itâ€™s far from the only game in town.
Earlier this week, we saw a crazy Walmart deal thatâ€™s offering $200 off for AT&T and Verizon customers upgrading to the iPhone SE, although thatâ€™s been so popular that itâ€™s almost impossible to find the iPhone SE at Walmart right now. However, since it runs until July 17, 2020, itâ€™s worth continuing to check back and see if any stock has appeared. Walmart is also offering the 256GB model â€” if you can find it in stock.
As usual, Apple is also accepting trade-ins for those looking to purchase the iPhone SE, which could result in up to $500 credit against the purchase of an iPhone SE and other accessories at an Apple Store, while Best Buy customers can still pre-order an iPhone SE on a carrier plan and receive a $50 Best Buy gift card, or even save $50 outright on an unlocked iPhone if itâ€™s activated at the time of purchase.
Several other wireless carriers, including US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile are giving away the new iPhone SE at even cheaper monthly instalment prices â€” even $0 in some case â€” for those customers who sign up for a new line of service. However, in many of these deals, the discount is applied as a bill credit, so youâ€™ll need to keep the new line for the length of the payment plan.