iPhone SE Trusted stores/sources to buy a brand new sealed Unlocked iPhone SE?

umbilical

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I want buy a iPhone SE brand new sealed and unlocked, of course I can't buy it anymore from Apple Store, so where now?

There's a lot chinese sellers on eBay but I avoid ebay, a lot people sells as a new and are opened, I don't trust.

Any trusted source to buy it?

Thanks.
 
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I looked everywhere for an iPhone SE and can't find any. I also want an unlocked BNIB SE. All appear to be sold out.

Ebay has many, but most are either pre-owned, refurbs, or open box, which I don't want. And the few that are new are either prepaid or locked or with an outlandish pricetag, which I also don't want.

I want a brand new unlocked SE and I haven't been able to find a single one for days. I'm glad you finally made a dedicated thread about this. I've received numerous answers from people who linked Target, Walmart, etc., but none of them have a new unlocked iPhone SE in stock.
 
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umbilical

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What size are you looking for particularly?
I prefer the SE size over any other iPhone phone, I don't want a phablet, I want a smaller phone.
I have a 5S (my first and only phone, I love this phone) I just need more power and battery life, so I want a SE.
 

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I looked everywhere for an iPhone SE and can't find any. I also want an unlocked BNIB SE. All appear to be sold out.

Ebay has many, but most are either pre-owned, refurbs, or open box, which I don't want. And the few that are new are either prepaid or locked or with an outlandish pricetag, which I also don't want.

I want a brand new unlocked SE and I haven't been able to find a single one for days. I'm glad you finally made a dedicated thread about this. I've received numerous answers from people who linked Target, Walmart, etc., but none of them have a new unlocked iPhone SE in stock.
I prefer the SE size over any other iPhone phone, I don't want a phablet, I want a smaller phone.
I have a 5S (my first and only phone, I love this phone) I just need more power and battery life, so I want a SE.
I have a brand new sealed Rose Gold SE unlocked that was bought mainly for collection purposes, but have since outgrown it.

It is a 16GB though. Let me know if you're interested.
 

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I have a brand new sealed Rose Gold SE unlocked that was bought mainly for collection purposes, but have since outgrown it.

It is a 16GB though. Let me know if you're interested.
Thanks for the offer. I would take you up on it, except what I forgot to mention is that I'm looking for the latest iteration of the SE.

There were two variants of the SE:

16/64 GB (older)
32/128 (newer)

16 is too little for me and 128 is too much lol. The 32 model is all I need.
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You could try a local Apple store. They may still have some for sale.
All 5 Apple stores nearby (Chicago area) are sold out of the SE's. Same goes for most other Apple stores in the country. I called Apple several days in a row looking for them to no avail. I was ready to drive out of state to get one, but they're all sold out.
 

umbilical

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You could try a local Apple store. They may still have some for sale.
I'll try it, I not like in USA but
Thanks for the offer. I would take you up on it, except what I forgot to mention is that I'm looking for the latest iteration of the SE.

There were two variants of the SE:

16/64 GB (older)
32/128 (newer)

16 is too little for me and 128 is too much lol. The 32 model is all I need.
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All 5 Apple stores nearby (Chicago area) are sold out of the SE's. Same goes for most other Apple stores in the country. I called Apple several days in a row looking for them to no avail. I was ready to drive out of state to get one, but they're all sold out.
yes, thanks but 16GB is too little. My actual 5S is 16GB.

oh really? there are two variants? the 32GB and 128GB are the "new ones"??? So yes, I'm going for the 32GB, I think 128GB is too much for me, I don't need it.
[doublepost=1537380192][/doublepost]stupid question maybe, sorry I'm not an expert, but: the 128GB can runs faster due the more space? I remember read that about SSD drives more space can helps on speed, but I just say.
 

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stupid question maybe, sorry I'm not an expert, but: the 128GB can runs faster due the more space? I remember read that about SSD drives more space can helps on speed, but I just say.
You would probably never notice the difference. But, technically, yes, the 128 GB should have a very slight performance advantage over the others.
 
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My apple Store in LA has both 32 and 128 gb, just picked up a 32. I also didnt want to buy ebay since those new pones are questionable with most likely a non Apple battery or are refurbished listed as new. I'm meeting my brother in Philladelphia for business who lives in chicago Lakeview area on Sept 29th. I can buy one of these SE models from Apple and hand it to him with receipt. I wouldnt do it for free though.
[doublepost=1537382657][/doublepost]also putting ios 12 on the SE makes it run so fast there is no lag of any sort. its like having a new phone. Hmm maybe ill go buy another one before they sell out all stock.
 

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I've ordered a 2nd SE from my carrier, and at a great price. It has only 32 GB, and my first one is a 64, but at this point, I'm taking what I can get. ;)
 

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There are plenty of different variants available at Best Buy. Just search their website.
Links?

Last I checked, Best Buy does not have any new unlocked iPhones SE's in stock. All you see at Best Buy and other vendors are prepaid SE's, which are all locked to a prepaid plan. Hence the "cheap" price.
 
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AT&T has the iPhone SE for $45 until the 27th. "Requires activation and payment on new line of service on any monthly plan with purchase of minimum $30 refill card."

https://www.att.com/prepaid/iphone-savings-offer.html

You can have prepaid phones unlocked after 6 months and they have prepaid plans for as little as $30 a month. 6 months @ $30 plus $45 for the phone adds up to about $225, and if you're already a customer then they might go easy on you. That's a lot of trouble but it's a legitimate source.
 

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I've ordered a 2nd SE from my carrier, and at a great price. It has only 32 GB, and my first one is a 64, but at this point, I'm taking what I can get. ;)
I felt the same way and bought two 32 GB phones. I usually buy more storage, but I'm using iCloud for photos and music, so I found I didn't need a whole lot of storage. I still have about half left, and that's before eliminating some of the stupid apps I don't even use a lot.

I wanted to make sure I had an SE and a backup. I don't know what Apple's next move is going to be, but I'm covered for the next 3 - 5 years with my SE phones. I will NEVER buy a phone with a notch in it. Apple can stick those things where the sun doesn't shine.
 
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Stop by or call the local Apple store. They usually sell the discontinued SE until they run out of stock! Otherwise, your carrier will have locked versions of the SE and if you pay the full amount $349? ask for them to unlock it before leaving the store. ?They have to call to get the unlock code but they have a direct line with not waiting!
 
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