iPhone SE Should I purchase Iphone SE?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by beloved84, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. beloved84 macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    Should I purchase Iphone SE refurbished on amazon (apple certified) or wait for sept? I want the SE, not too concern about the latest and greatest. I just need my phone for maps, email, internet, streaming videos, and hotspot.

  2. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    The SE will do everything you want to do - however, I would not pay Apple asking retail on the SE now. I would only bite if there was a huge discount.
  3. ericwn macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2016
    Why not buy the SE if it’s what you want and the price is right for you. You are certainly aware that there will be new IPhones introduced later this year - although i doubt the SE will see an update then.

    Buy where you get a good return policy, test and return if you are not happy.
  4. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    Buy it now and resell it for a small loss later if you regret it.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you want to SE now, I don’t really think there’s any point waiting until September, because it’s very unlikely we will see a version two this year. Especially considering that your needs are very minimal for smart phone features based off what you have listed. As long as you have the Apple certified refurbished with the warranty, take advantage of it. It’s still performs really well with iOS 11.
  6. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
    You can buy it now because it seems like the SE2 won't happen. However, it doesn't hurt to wait until September if you want to be 100% certain. However, the SE is at such good price points that you can get one for about $100-$200 new these days. Depends on the carrier, but it's easily the most affordable iPhone out to date and still pretty relevant.
  7. borgranta macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2018
    Unfortunately the devices are not certified refurbished by Apple and instead the seller is the one that certifies it as described in the description below
    • This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear, by a specialized third-party seller approved by Amazon. The product is backed by a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic brown or white box. Accessories may be generic and not directly from the manufacturer.

    Once people start trading in the SE for a 2018 phone Apple can then refurbish each SE and sell it as certified refurbished.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 22, 2018 ---
    They may cut the price in order to sell it.
  8. The-Rift Suspended


    Mar 1, 2018
    Very valid point, I think for SE lovers it’s now or never, get one soon.
  9. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Just a heads up for anyone interested: AT&T prepaid has the iPhone SE on sale for just $49 :eek:

    It’s an in-store only promotion until Sept 27th. You also have to buy it with a months worth of service to get the discounted price. I simply went with their cheapest plan of $35 ($30/mo with autopay) for unlimited talk + text + 1gb LTE data. Also they require 6 mo of service until you can get it unlocked.

    I have the 8+ already and love it but I also wanted to be able to switch to a smaller device whenever I felt like it. At just $49 I couldn’t pass this deal up :)
  10. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2014
    Look for deals through carriers. Most, if not all prepaid carriers offer a discount for the iPhone SE. Not sure about postpaid.

    Straight Talk offers the iPhone SE for $99
    Verizon Prepaid offers it for $159

    There are more. Just haven’t looked into it all that much since I have one and haven’t looked since. I got an amazing deal on mine. I use it as a secondary/backup device as well as for music streaming. iOS 12 is installed on it and it’s much improved over iOS 11. If you end up getting the device, you won’t regret it when the new OS is released. But like others have said, I would not pay full price for one.
  11. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
  12. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    If that is all you need it for I say get it. I have a SE that I use daily and my usage sounds comparable to yours. It works great.
  13. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    There are loads of good deals on the SE (at least in the UK).

    I'd grab one if that fits your needs.

    Never been happier with any iPhone model myself.

    I wish I could find it in my heart to say, wait for September! But I suspect any of us waiting for an SE 2 will be disappointed.
  14. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I would recommend that you purchase the iPhone SE now, - it is a superb phone - but not from Amazon.

    Instead, buy it refurbished from Apple so that it comes with a full warranty.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 24, 2018 ---
    Agree entirely.
  15. Relentless Power, Jul 24, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Just so you’re aware, there have been re-sellers in the past on Amazon that-do sell the SE (And other iPhone models) with a full warranty included that is *direct* from Apple. You can even verify the warranty information before the purchase of the phone from the reseller. The resellers using Amazon as a third-party outlet.
  16. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
  17. Lioness~, Jul 24, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018

    Lioness~ macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2017
    Wild and Free
    If you absolutely need a phone now. Buy either one with a big discount or pick up an used SE that you can sell off cheap or give away to someone IF Apple will surprise us with a new SE.
    I have a little hope :)
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Is this in the United States only, or does it also apply in Europe and world wide?
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Great point. I can only speak for the U.S., Smart phones abroad might have different regulations with warranties or what they may offer. I forgot you are from the U.K I believe.
  20. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    You should get the iPhone 7
  21. Brandonjr36 macrumors 68000


    Sep 12, 2016
    I wonder if I buy one for my little sister add the 30 day plan to it then after 30 days put in her regular AT&T sim will that work?
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If The iPhone SE revamps in the future, It won’t be in 2018, It will likely be in 2019 . And if it does refresh, it’s highly unlikely that It would even resemble the current SE, being that Apple would it change the design and eliminate the home button.
  23. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2017
    Echoing others - get it!

    It’s very unlikely there will be an update to the SE this fall - Apple will want to focus on the three new (high cost phones).

    Who knows when or if there’s going to be a new SE. I doubt we’ll see anything before March 2019 if at all.

    It’s always a risk getting a third party refurb but if the price is right go for it.
  24. Lioness~ macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2017
    Wild and Free
    Any guess or speculation are as valid as another at this point when it comes to the 'new' SE.
    I've read so many speculations about it I can't even keep track, they are countless.
    Everybody must love SE though. :D
    But I found that link interesting as it was no speculation, just a pic.

    We'll see what will happen with our beloved SE. Nobody knows.

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