You don’t have to spend $600 to buy an iPhone or pay $25 a month on top of your plan to own a good iPhone. Here are the best cheap iPhones of 2017. We even have an option for the iPhone 7 if you don’t mind a refurbished or pre-owned device. The best cheap iPhones start at $159 and go up to $450 for a newer iPhone that is still $200 cheaper than buying brand new.
iPhones don’t all cost an arm and a leg. You can buy a good cheap iPhone for $159 and you can get one of the best cheap iPhones for around $300. From there you can even find a cheap iPhone 7 with the latest features. All of the best cheap iPhones for 2017 run iOS 10 and get the free iOS 11 upgrade this fall which will add new features and security.
The best cheap iPhones aren’t on sale directly at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile, but you can still use those carriers with most of these cheap iPhones. Many of these cheap unlocked iPhones also work on carriers like Boost, Straight Talk, Total Wireless, Cricket Wireless and others that allow you to bring your own phone. Just double check with the carrier about which version of the iPhone works on their network before you buy.
We’re focused on the best cheap iPhones that you can buy anytime without hunting for limited time deals. That said, the best iPhone 7 deals often feature $200 to $300 off the iPhone 7 when you buy on a payment plan. If you are already looking at a $400 iPhone, it may be worth exploring a $450 iPhone 7 that is brand new and paid for with a payment plan.
Here are the Best Cheap iPhones you can buy in 2017 starting at $159 for the iPhone SE and going up to $450 for the iPhone 7, with something in the middle for every price point.
iPhone SE $159
The iPhone SE is the best cheap iPhone under $200. It's a shock that you can even buy a new iPhone for under $200 that is still sold directly from Apple for $399, but it's a regular occurrence.
Boost Mobile sells the iPhone SE in all colors for $159. Boost Mobile works on Sprint, so you will need to use Boost Mobile service with this cheap iPhone. That's still a steal for a new iPhone that comes with a 1-year warranty and that you can even buy AppleCare+ for.
If you want an iPhone SE on another carrier, you should check out Gazelle, which sells pre-owned phones including the iPhone SE unlocked and options for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Read our Gazelle Certified Review for more on what to expect.
The iPhone SE features a 4-inch screen, 12MP camera and runs on the Apple A9 chip. This phone is still plenty fast, takes very nice looking pictures and runs the latest version of iOS. It also supports Apple Pay and works with the Apple Watch.
Here are the reasons to buy the iPhone SE and the reasons you should skip this phone, to help you make this choice. If you decide to buy it, here are the best iPhone SE cases.