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As we’ve mentioned before, Apple’s new iPhone SE is already a pretty fantastic deal, considering you’re getting many of the modern specs of an iPhone 11 for about half the price. However, while Apple’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 Sam’s Club has partnered with AT&T to offer a pretty killer promo, but if past deals are any indication, you’re going to want to jump on this one pretty quickly as it’s only available while supplies last, and those supplies are likely to sell out fast.
What’s the Deal?
That’s not all, however. For AT&T upgrades, Sam’s Club members who purchase the iPhone SE this weekend (Apr 24–26, 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 Sam’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 you’ll also need to pay any taxes due up front, and depending on your credit history, might need to make a down payment.
Once you’ve completed your purchase and upgrade, your Sam’s Club eGift card should be sent out to you within 21 days to whatever email address you used at the time of activation.
What’s the Catch?
This offer is only available for AT&T customers who are upgrading to the iPhone SE, so sadly if you’re thinking about switching carriers or signing up for a new AT&T plan, it seems that you’ll be out of luck here, and your plan must also be eligible for an upgrade. That said, if you’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 Sam’s Club deal is only available on the instalment plan, it’s a discount taken right off the top, and there’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 isn’t included in this deal. In fact, right now it looks like Sam’s Club isn’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 Sam’s Club won’t be offering rainchecks, so if they run out of iPhone SE stock before May 8th, you’ll be out of luck.
Other Great Deals
If you’re on AT&T and looking to upgrade to the iPhone SE, or know somebody who is, this is a pretty great deal, but it’s far from the only game in town.
Earlier this week, we saw a crazy Walmart deal that’s offering $200 off for AT&T and Verizon customers upgrading to the iPhone SE, although that’s been so popular that it’s almost impossible to find the iPhone SE at Walmart right now. However, since it runs until July 17, 2020, it’s worth continuing to check back and see if any stock has appeared. Walmart is also offering the 256GB model — 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 it’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 — even $0 in some case — 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 you’ll need to keep the new line for the length of the payment plan.