iPhone SE launches today, Costco rolls out deal for T-Mobile customers


A little over a week after Apple surprised us with an updated iPhone SE, the new device has officially launched.

The iPhone SE is in stock and ready to ship at T-Mobile. The 64GB and 256GB have estimated ship dates of April 24-27, but you may have to wait a bit longer if you want a 128GB model because its estimated ship dates range from May 5-27 depending on which color you want.

As a refresher, here’s T-Mobile’s pricing for the iPhone SE:

  • 64GB: $0.00 down and $16.67 per month for 24 months, $399.99 full retail
  • 128GB: $49.99 down and $16.67 per month, $449.99 full retail
  • 256GB: $149.99 down and $16.67 per month, $549.99 full retail

If you’re interested in getting a discount on a new iPhone SE, T-Mobile will give you a 64GB model free with 24 monthly bill credits when you add a new line and trade in an eligible iPhone. Alternatively, you can get up to half off an iPhone SE when you add a new line or trade in an eligible iPhone.

Costco today rolled out an iPhone SE deal of its own. T-Mobile customers can save up to $180 on the new iPhone SE when they trade in a qualifying device. Costco is offering $180 off the new iPhone when you trade in an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus or iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, while trading in an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus will get you $100 off.

With this Costco deal, you’ll get your savings via a virtual prepaid card rather than bill credits, so that’s something to consider if you’re a Costco member. The deal will run through April 30th.

Lastly, Apple is selling the new iPhone SE direct. Pricing starts at $399 for the 64GB model and goes up to $449 for the 128GB version and $549 for the 256GB model, and Apple is offering both T-Mobile and SIM-free versions of the device.

Did you get an iPhone SE today? If so, what are your first impressions?

Sources: T-Mobile, Costco, Apple

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  • Brandon Robinson

    i saw one for 25 bucks on ebay..ohh wait..nevermind thats an iphone 1…the giant bezels from 2007 got me

    • dcmanryan

      Lol, that made me laugh.

  • steveb944

    Wow I think this is the first Costco deal I’ve seen for T-Mobile. I guess they’re big enough now.

  • fyah

    I’m not that excited about this old as phone. I don’t care if it has A13. The battery life is still bad and those bezels!! OMG!!

    • g2a5b0e

      Don’t confuse battery size with battery life. All the reviews I’ve read say the battery life is above average to very good.

    • dcmanryan

      Consider the screen size and resolution and being an Apple phone fyah. Battery life will not be an issue and I can almost guarantee it will do better than many flagship Android phones. When it comes to Apple, throw battery mAh out the window as they have battery life figured out more than others. This coming from an Android user.

  • Will

    I’m gonna stick with my iPhone X A1865 variant because it has a Qualcomm modem. There’s no way I would purchase any iPhone that’s equipped with an Intel modem. Besides that I would never go back to a phone that small since my phone is the perfect size for me for single handed use.

    • pda96

      What do have against Intel? As long as it works and does what I need it to do, I don’t care, personally.

      • Will

        I live in central Georgia in the Piedmont region where the topography is extremely hilly so you’ll need a phone with a dependable modem for better cell edge performance if not you’re screwed bro.

        • Greg Dalin

          so Apple bought Intels modem tech, what will you do once all iphones use the Intel chipset?

        • Will

          Technically those will be Apple modems and I’m sure they’ll perform very well considering how great their processors are. As long as Apple is behind development instead of Intel then I’m cool with it. You have to keep in mind that Apple bought Intel’s modem devision so they have no more influence in upcoming hardware once a new modem is developed and released.

        • Jerry Rich

          have some more Kool-Aid. “bro”

        • Will

          What’s that supposed to mean?

        • Will

          Anyways I still would prefer for Apple to stick with Qualcomm modems over anything else though.

  • pda96

    Too bad it doesn’t come in the Plus version. A 5.7″ screen would be awesome. 4.7″ is puny. Nevertheless, it will give budget Android phones a run for their money.

  • HotInEER

    I don’t care who you are. No phone $399 or more should come with anything less than a 1080p display. End of story.