Best cheap Apple iPhone deals for March 2021

The iPhone is the device that single-handedly kicked off the smartphone revolution, so it’s only fitting that Apple’s iconic handset is still the most popular phone in the U.S. (and even if Android brands combined command a moderately larger global market share, no single one outsells Apple). It’s no secret that iPhones don’t usually come cheap, but if you need a new one and are on a desperate search for smartphone deals, we can help. Below, we’ve gathered up a handy all-in-one roundup of the best cheap iPhone deals available this week, with discounts on everything from the iPhone X series to the latest iPhone 12 and everything in between.

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Also be sure to check out these iPad deals, MacBook deals, and Apple Watch deals if you’re still hungry for more Apple bargains.

Today’s best iPhone deals

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Apple iPhone 12 (All Models, T-Mobile)

Up to $830 off with trade-in

T-Mobile has a ton of offers for new and current customers on all models of the new iPhone 12, with savings of up to $830 (via bill credits) when you trade in or buy two devices.
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Apple iPhone SE 64GB (Straight Talk Wireless)

$149 $350
With a high-definition camera, a fast-performing chip, and long-enduring battery life, the iPhone SE is guaranteed to give you the best quality iPhone for the best price.
WITH TRADE-IN
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Verizon)

Upgrade and get up to $440 off w/trade

Current or new Verizon customers can score Apple's biggest, baddest new phone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, for a nice discount by either trading in a device or buying two and getting the second one free.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 Mini (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

It's official: Small phones are back. The iPhone 12 Mini follows the iPhone SE as a return to more pocket-friendly devices, and this pre-order offer from AT&T lets you score one for as little as $0.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

If you want Apple's latest flagship and love big phones, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the one for you with its stunning 6.7-inch Super Retina touch display.
OR BUY ONE, GET ONE
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (Verizon)

Up to $750 back with trade-in and new line

It's hip to be square (again): The new iPhone 12 Pro brings some classic style back to Apple's sleek flagships, and Verizon has some nice rebate offers for both new and existing customers.
WITH TRADE-IN
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Apple iPhone 12 (Verizon)

Upgrade and get up to $440 off w/trade

Verizon customers can get a very nice bill credit rebate on the new iPhone 12, but if you switch and bring a trade-in, you can save even more.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

AT&T has a great offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for barely any money at all, as long as you have a device to trade in.
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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini

Up to $220 back with trade-in

Apple's stunning new iPhone 12 and pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini are available for order, and if you have a device to trade, then you can get one of these new iOS flagships at a discount.
VARIOUS COLORS
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$385
Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone XR to $499, but this renewed deal is a bargain and one of the best ways to get a hold of a powerful iPhone for less.
WITH PORT-IN
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

$50 $350
If you're looking to ditch the traditional carriers for a more economical prepaid service provider, then Cricket Wireless has the new iPhone SE on sale for a nice discount if you bring your number.
WITH NEW LINE
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)

Free

You can't beat a classic -- especially when it's free. New or current Verizon customers who sign up for an unlimited plan can score the new 2020 iPhone SE for no charge.
WITH NEW LINE
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro (Verizon)

$360 $1,000
The iPhone 11 Pro sits at the pinnacle of Apple's 2019 smartphone crop, and its very, very good if you want a premium phone that's not huge.
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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020, Total Wireless)

$199 $350
The new iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6.
WITH NEW LINE
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Apple iPhone 11 64GB (Verizon)

$240 $600
Launched in September 2019, the iPhone 11 was already priced just right compared to the 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max. Sign on with Verizon and grab it at a nice discount with an unlimited plan.
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Apple iPhone 11 (All Models, T-Mobile)

$300 off with new line

Add a new line on T-Mobile and score a nice discount the Apple iPhone, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max. No trade-in required.
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Apple iPhone XR (64GB, Total Wireless)

$350 $600
It's locked to Total Wireless, but the discount more than makes up for it. The iPhone XR is still an exceptional phone, and at a price similar to this year's iPhone SE, it's hard to pass up.
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iPhone XR

Up to $180 off with trade-in

The iPhone XR has seen a price drop to $499 with the iPhone 12 announcement. Save up to an extra $210 when you trade-in another smartphone.
WITH NEW OR UPGRADED LINE
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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T/Verizon, All Models)

Up to $900 back with trade-in

If you're an AT&T or Verizon customer, you can score up to $900 back in bill credits towards any iPhone 12 model when you trade in an old device and add or upgrade a line.
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Apple iPhone XS 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

The Apple iPhone XS is a perfectly sized smartphone that delivers stellar performance. Get it for next to nothing when you trade-in another device.
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Apple iPhone SE (Xfinity)

Free with number transfer

Xfinity is giving a free A13 Bionic-powered iPhone SE to new and existing customers who transfer their number.
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Apple iPhone XS - 256 GB - Space Gray (Renewed & Unlocked)

$382
The Apple iPhone XS is a perfectly sized smartphone that delivers stellar performance. Get more than half off this 2018 iPhone when you buy an Amazon-renewed model which comes with a 90-day guarantee.
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Apple iPhone SE 64GB (2020, AT&T)

As low as $5 per month with trade-in

If you want to get your mitts on the cheapest new iPhone you can buy, the 4.7-inch 2020 iPhone SE, grab it for nothing with an eligible trade-in.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro 256GB (AT&T)

50% off with unlimited plan

Activate an unlimited line and enjoy a very nice 50% price cut on the 256GB iPhone 11 Pro -- an incredible discount on Apple's last-gen flagship.
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Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $370 off

Buying refurbished is a great way to save money if you're doing it from a trusted retailer, and it doesn't get much better than the Apple Store. These Apple-refurbished iPhones look and work like new.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB

Trade in and save up to $700

The iPhone XR a two year old sub-flagship option, but it still performs great and touts a range of colorful designs, not to mention a solid camera.
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Apple iPhone XR (Straight Talk)

$349 $399
Aside from the 2020 iPhone SE, the iPhone XR might be the best cheap iPhone you can buy right now, especially if you want a bigger display without the SE's big chin and forehead.
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

$250 $500
Apple launched a new category with the iPhone XR, offering most of the same features as its flagships, but for less. There are compromises in the screen and design, but this is still a great phone.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro strikes a nice balance in size, price, and performance between the standard iPhone 12 and more pricey (and larger) iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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iPhone 11

Up to $180 off with trade-in

The iPhone 11 is still an incredible iPhone, and it's now even cheaper with prices starting at $599. Save up to another $210 with a trade-in.
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Apple iPhone 12 Mini (Verizon)

Upgrade and get up to $412 off w/trade

With its nearly bezel-less 5.4-inch display, the new iPhone 12 Mini is the perfect pocket-sized companion for those who are tired of the big phone trend.
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Apple iPhone XS (64GB, Renewed)

$324
Great battery endurance, Smart HDR cameras, and waterproof design are all the best reasons you would want to have the iPhone XS.

iPhone 8

Several years ago, we saw the launch of not two but three new flagship mobile devices from the fruit-themed tech giant when the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus dropped alongside the iPhone X as the traditional successor to the previous iPhone.

Under the hood, the iPhone 8 isn’t radically different than the X. It boasts the same 2.39 Hexa-core processor, although the standard wireless iPhone 8 only utilizes 2GB of RAM compared to the X’s 3GB (the larger iPhone 8 Plus features the full 3GB). It also performs similarly to the iPhone X when it comes to its excellent camera and speedy wireless charging, akin to the newer Galaxy phones. Since the battery life is also more or less the same, the main differences between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X are the bezels, screen sizes, and a touch screen home button, but you can still get both in that classic Space Gray color you know and love.

Although its more traditional design isn’t as groundbreaking as iPhones of the past, the iPhone 8 still delivers the solid build quality and performance we’ve come to expect. With a starting retail price of $699 for this iPhone and a $799 price tag for the iPhone 8 Plus, it wasn’t quite as pricey as the X, and you can find it for a lot cheaper now. If you’re looking for a great phone but don’t feel like making monthly payments to upgrade to the newest model, you can save some cash with ongoing iPhone 8 deals.

iPhone X

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Speaking of fashionable tech, the high-end iPhone X turned heads (and caused more than its share of sticker shock) when the new line was announced in fall 2017. Marketed as something of a luxury item yet conspicuously lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, the iPhone X perhaps uniquely represents the reason behind the “love it or hate it” attitudes that Apple inspires among the masses. But with an improved battery, iOS 11, a slo-mo camera, Face ID, and wireless connectivity for AirPods, it was one of the best iPhones you could buy at the time.

And despite its high initial cost, the iPhone X is a great piece of technology with an incredible edge-to-edge OLED touch display, a fantastic front camera, and lightning-fast speed thanks to its snappy 2.39 GHz Hexa-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It also features wireless charging capability, finally bringing the iPhones up to speed with their Android competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC. With all of that screen space for your iPhone apps to fit in, the X is something to behold — though you may need to get a new pair of compatible wireless headphones.

The iPhone X is a high-end phone with a price tag to match. It retailed for an upfront cost of $999 upon its pre-order launch, which made it the most expensive new iPhone yet, but don’t worry: Ongoing iPhone discounts can save you a nice chunk of change on the iPhone X now that it’s a few years old. You can even find some great refurbished models for even less.

iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max

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The iPhone XS and XS Max were Apple’s flagships for 2018, and honestly, not much changed between the iPhone X and the iPhone XS. The launch price was still right around $1,000, too. If you’re looking to buy the latest tech from Apple, you can grab one of the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 models right now, but deals on newer stuff are always few and far between; since the iPhone XS and XS Max are two years old now, today’s not a bad time to start hunting for deals on these.

The iPhone XS launched with a sticker price of $999, but Apple also rolled out a more budget-friendly alternative in the iPhone XR which retailed for $749. The iPhone XS Max, for its part, was one of the best plus-sized phone the company has ever released. You can definitely find some pretty big price cuts on these floating around out there if you know where to look. We’ve been scouring the web for the latest discounts, and we will be continually updating this page as the savings continue to roll in.

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

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The iPhone 11 Pro brought another generation of improvements across the board, from increased battery life to a crisper, more vivid screen, and, of course, more raw horsepower from the onboard processor. In particular, Apple focused on the new camera module, bringing a three-camera setup that delivers snappy autofocus, great depth of field, and an incredible level of image fidelity. This system also offers new shooting modes thanks to its wide-angle lens (something that was curiously absent from the new Google Pixel 4).

The different models of the iPhone 11 feature varying screen sizes and building materials, and the numbering scheme can be a little confusing (although it’s arguably more consistent than previous releases): The iPhone 11 is the more budget-friendly alternative to the Pro models, sporting a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display with a 1,792 x 828 resolution, while the 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR touchscreen at 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. Meanwhile, the superb iPhone 11 Pro Max is fitted with a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display with a 2,688 x 1,242 resolution. The iPhone 11 takes after previous iPhones with an aluminum and glass body, while the Pro and Pro Max boast a gorgeous brushed steel aesthetic.

Depending on storage options, the iPhone 11 retailed for $699, while the 11 Pro started at $999 and the 11 Pro Max at $1,099.

iPhone SE (Second Generation)

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If the ever-growing price tags and screen sizes of flagship iPhones have you down, you’re not alone. Last year, Apple heeded the cries of fans and finally brought back the beloved iPhone SE, which is an excellent mid-range alternative to the much pricier flagships. The new second-gen SE boasts a 4.7-inch Retina display (a bit bigger than the four-inch display of the original SE, but still a nice pocket-friendly size) and packs the same internal processor as the much more expensive iPhone 11. You read that right: The iPhone SE runs on the same awesome A13 Bionic chipset as the current-gen flagships that cost nearly twice as much.

That alone isn’t super shocking. What should really grab your attention is the iPhone SE’s retail price of just $400. That’s an incredible value for a brand new Apple mobile, and there are already iPhone deals and carrier offers available for the second-gen SE that make it an even better buy. If you want an iPhone and don’t want to pay flagship prices (or buy refurbished), the iPhone SE is an easy choice.

iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 composite
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Last year was a bit of an odd one for Apple, which has released not three, not even four, but five new smartphones. In early 2020 we got the new iPhone SE (which is technically part of the iPhone 11 generation as it runs on the same A13 Bionic chip), and in October, Apple rolled out four new next-gen devices: The iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It goes without saying that if you’re in the market for a new Apple handset, 2020 has given you more options to choose from than any year before.

Having many choices can be a good thing, but it can also induce decision paralysis if you don’t already have a reasonably specific idea of what you want. To make things simpler, you can break down the four models into two categories: The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the standard flagships, while the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are the premium models. With its 5.4-inch display, the Mini is the obvious choice for those who like smaller phones (which are clearly making a comeback) but who want something with more modern styling than the iPhone SE. It’s worth noting that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini has similar overall dimensions as the 4.7-inch iPhone SE given the 12 Mini’s much slimmer bezels.

The standard iPhone 12 5G and iPhone 12 Pro are the same size with 6.1-inch displays, while the aptly named iPhone 12 Pro max sits at 6.7 inches (the obvious choice for those who don’t buck the trend of bigger smartphones). All of the iPhone 12 models run on the new A14 Bionic chip, but the Pro models boast some upgrades over the standard flagships including increased RAM, bigger storage options, and enhanced camera modules. If you want a more in-depth breakdown, then check out our detailed iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro comparison.

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