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Shockingly, there are some some iPhone SEs still available at the moment:

Currently, all are T-Mobile SIMs. Apparently T-mobile is less popular

I purchased a 128GB with Verizon SIM several weeks ago. It looked new and operated perfectly. Manufacture date is 2017-03-08. Interestingly, this is just a few days from 2017-03-06, the date of the SE I received as a replacement for screen repair under AppleCare. My guess: Apple is liquidating their repair replacement stocks.
 





Would the T-mobile version work with Verizon? There are no more of the Verizon 128 GB models left as of now.
I wish I was certain before giving advice1, but everything on the Clearance Products page looks like an unlocked A1662 model. I think the carrier differences boil down to the SIM that ships with the phone. You should be able to use any of these phones with most US carriers (but not Sprint2), though you might have to jump through a hoop to get a SIM. See Apple iPhone SE @ EveryiPhone.com for some gory details.

1If I'm wrong, Apple gives you 14 days from the date of receipt to return the phone, no questions asked.
2Per Apple iPhone SE @ EveryiPhone.com
 


I wish I was certain before giving advice1, but everything on the Clearance Products page looks like an unlocked A1662 model. I think the carrier differences boil down to the SIM that ships with the phone. You should be able to use any of these phones with most US carriers (but not Sprint2), though you might have to jump through a hoop to get a SIM. See Apple iPhone SE @ EveryiPhone.com for some gory details.

1If I'm wrong, Apple gives you 14 days from the date of receipt to return the phone, no questions asked.
2Per Apple iPhone SE @ EveryiPhone.com
I believe the included SIM is irrelevant as long as the phone is unlocked. I just broke down and purchased a "Verizon" iPhone SE (first smartphone) and brought it to Verizon, where we have our family plan. The tech took out the SIM and put in another Verizon SIM. He explained that the included SIMs sometimes "act up" and they prefer to use their own "house" SIM. It works.
 


I bought a T-Mobile iPhone SE on clearance from Apple two weeks ago, and once it arrived, I swapped in my wife's AT&T SIM from her old iPhone. It works fine, and she is much happier with her new, smaller phone.
 


I also bought an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone SE on clearance from Apple two weeks ago. I verified that it works with either a Verizon or AT&T SIM.

When it first boots up with a new SIM, the carrier legend at the upper left of the home screen initially shows No Service, but after 30 seconds your carrier's name appears.

The iPhone SE's Primate Labs benchmark score is twice as fast as my old iPhone 5S, and the difference is quite obvious in how fast the screen redraws when rotating between portrait and landscape and in application launch time. Surprisingly, displayed text also has better clarity even though both have the same resolution and brightness specs.
 


When it first boots up with a new SIM, the carrier legend at the upper left of the home screen initially shows No Service, but after 30 seconds your carrier's name appears.
That sounds about right. The name displayed in the upper-left corner comes from the mobile network and should always reflect whose service you are actually using. If you roam internationally, you should see it change to whatever the local carrier is.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
The inventory waxes and wanes, but there have been iPhone SEs there since the break after the first sellout in January 2019. Today, it waxes: 32GB and 128GB models in all colors (still $249 and $299 respectively).
Thanks for your post! There were none available a few days ago, but there are now - some with quick delivery and others delayed until July (depending on color). Some 32GB models, but not 128GB models, have TracFone SIMs. I didn't go through all the various options in detail but did order one of these phones.
 



Ditto on Ric's post, I just ordered a rose 128GB Verizon SE to replace my wife's old, flagging SE!
I’m tempted to do the same for my wife’s two-year-old SE but am wondering if it’s worthwhile buying a “new” three-year-old design. Of course, the price compared to Apple’s current offerings can’t be beat!
 


I’m tempted to do the same for my wife’s two-year-old SE but am wondering if it’s worthwhile buying a “new” three-year-old design. Of course, the price compared to Apple’s current offerings can’t be beat!
Unfortunately, we in Canada are deprived. apple.ca does not offer these bargains and apple.com will not ship to Canada.
 




Nor the UK. :(
Here in Chile, we do not have official Apple Stores. Instead, there only are authorized dealers, who have iPhone SEs. Although prices are not as cheap as direct from Apple, they are available.

Maybe there are authorized dealers in your countries that carry them at reasonable prices?
 



I love my SE! Small and fast... Picked one up for my mom, an upgrade from iPhone 5C. I think it is time. You can't beat this pricing for sooo much technology :)
(Remembering connecting at 14.4Kbaud and thinking it was so fast...)
 





Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I bought a 32GB iPhone with Tracfone SIM from the Apple Clearance Store and just powered it up. There is no SIM in the phone. (I double-checked the order - it does say TracFone SIM.) The battery was also flat: down to 10% and shutdown warnings.
 


I bought a 32GB iPhone with Tracfone SIM from the Apple Clearance Store and just powered it up. There is no SIM in the phone. (I double-checked the order - it does say Tracfone SIM.) The battery was also flat: down to 10% and shutdown warnings.
Definitely call Apple. With respect to the SIM, if they won't send you one, they're pretty cheap. A quick web search shows Best Buy, WalMart and Amazon selling a Tracfone SIM for $1, which you can add to your account (or activate as a new account if you don't have one yet). I assume the price will be similar from everybody else. Just look carefully when you order, because I noticed some "marketplace" sellers charging significantly more for that $1 SIM card.

With respect to the battery, please let us know how well it holds a charge. If it's worn out, then Apple really must replace it. If it's just drained, that shouldn't be a problem.
 


I bought a 32GB iPhone with Tracfone SIM from the Apple Clearance Store and just powered it up. There is no SIM in the phone. (I double-checked the order - it does say Tracfone SIM.) The battery was also flat: down to 10% and shutdown warnings.
Interesting. I ordered an iPhone 7 from Tracfone a few weeks ago and it came just as advertised. Even has the full "new" iPhone warranty and is eligible for Apple Care. I have been very happy with it so far. Battery was about 65% when I got it. I had a number already and it was very easy to switch. And the price was great, with a $50 discount for a "Mother's Day" special.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I bought a 32GB iPhone with Tracfone SIM from the Apple Clearance Store and just powered it up. There is no SIM in the phone. (I double-checked the order - it does say Tracfone SIM.) The battery was also flat: down to 10% and shutdown warnings.
Interesting. I ordered an iPhone 7 from Tracfone a few weeks ago and it came just as advertised.
Definitely call Apple.
I did, and I wish I hadn't. After going through some A.I. gatekeepers, I got a human Apple representative who argued at length with me that Apple doesn't sell iPhones with TracFone SIMs, despite my order clearly saying the opposite. I finally asked for a manager, got stuck on hold, and gave up.

Here's the Apple order on my Apple phone. Am I missing something here?

iPhone SE with Tracfone SIM order
 


I did, and I wish I hadn't. After going through some A.I. gatekeepers, I got a human Apple representative who argued at length with me that Apple doesn't sell iPhones with Tracfone SIMs, despite my order clearly saying the opposite. I finally asked for a manager, got stuck on hold, and gave up.

Here's the Apple order on my Apple phone. Am I missing something here or...?
I bought my phone directly from Tracfone. Don't know how that is different, but it was a better deal than from the Apple Store. And when I check, I still have 34 days to add AppleCare+ for the phone. While it could be a refurb, it was not indicated as such on the TracFone site.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
After going through some A.I. gatekeepers, I got a human Apple representative who argued at length with me that Apple doesn't sell iPhones with TracFone SIMs, despite my order clearly saying the opposite.
Giving up on Apple and the TracFone SIM, I started up the iPhone SE again and logged into WiFi to start activation (with no SIM). The iPhone displayed an Activation screen telling me to "use another phone to call T-Mobile" and provided the IMEI number. Huh?

Since this phone is for a rural area with very poor cellular coverage, I went to the Verizon Wireless website (as Verizon is likely to have the best coverage there), which validated this phone for the Verizon network and ordered a Verizon SIM for it.

(I won't even get into the confusion of the two-factor authentication follies that came next....)

The iPhone says its battery capacity is 100%.
 


I bought a 32GB iPhone with Tracfone SIM from the Apple Clearance Store and just powered it up. There is no SIM in the phone. (I double-checked the order - it does say TracFone SIM.) The battery was also flat: down to 10% and shutdown warnings.
Don't know this for a fact, but the low charge on the battery may be related to new regulations which require that lithium ion batteries must be charged to no more than 30% if they are to be shipped by air. Here's a document with more details:

https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Documents/lithium-battery-shipping-guidelines.pdf
 


Don't know this for a fact, but the low charge on the battery may be related to new regulations which require that lithium ion batteries must be charged to no more than 30% if they are to be shipped by air. Here's a document with more details:

https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Documents/lithium-battery-shipping-guidelines.pdf
Yes, when I went to get my iPhone battery replaced at the Apple Store in Brighton UK, I had to wait until they got 30% charge. They explained that they were shipped to them very low or not at all due to the new regulations.
 


I'm currently running iOS 13.1.3 on two iPhones, both purchased in 2019 and both Apple refurbs, an iPhone SE and an iPhone X.
If the SE is from that January 2019 Clearance Store appearance, I think it was a new unit, not a refurb. This may back up my claim:
MacRumors said:
(Apologies for sidetracking to pick a nit.)
 


I don't think I can wait until one of these shows up in the clearance store. Has anybody had a good experience purchasing an iPhone SE off of eBay – presumably from a US-based source? I have occasionally purchased used equipment for work from eBay, but this has generally been cr*p and only useful for parts. I don't feel like building a working SE from parts right now.
 


I don't think I can wait until one of these shows up in the clearance store. Has anybody had a good experience purchasing an iPhone SE off of eBay – presumably from a US-based source? I have occasionally purchased used equipment for work from eBay, but this has generally been cr*p and only useful for parts. I don't feel like building a working SE from parts right now.
I bought a Verizon iPhone SE from Gazelle about 6 months ago. It was not cheap ($169 for a 32GB phone), but the phone I received was in excellent condition. Six months later, it's still working perfectly.
 




It's locked to TracFone for 1 year's worth of service.
I wondered about that. AT&T (current carrier) has no SE's available. Gazelle only has 16GB, and it is used, of course. This makes me suspicious of the eBay listings (new, 64 or 128 GB, all colors available, shrink wrapped, etc.).
 




I don't think I can wait until one of these shows up in the clearance store. Has anybody had a good experience purchasing an iPhone SE off of eBay – presumably from a US-based source?
An iPhone SE never did show up in the clearance store, and I was too wary to pull the trigger with eBay. It finally occurred to me that I should see if Apple could fix the broken screen, which was the issue, and apparently they could. I made an appointment at an Apple Store where I had a bad news/good news situation.

The bad news was that they couldn't replace the screen, because the phone was warped (didn't notice!), but the good news was that they could get me a replacement – same color and storage. I jumped on that. Apparently, this is an advantage of living in California with its laws regarding product support and obsolescence. So I am rocking my 4" screen and ignoring the ridicule of friends and family.
 


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