For a limited time, Apple’s 5G iPhone SE (2022) receives some highly unusual discounts

News Summary:

  • Well, for now, it looks like it’s already too late to expect to get an ever-cheaper “refurbished” iPhone SE (2022) from Woot before Christmas. In that case, the best an Amazon-owned e-tailer can do is deliver you a like-new looking phone with near-perfect battery health between December 28th and 30th. This is by no means ideal. But for some reason, the unlocked third-gen iPhone SE is incredibly hard to come by in other places across the web at the time of this writing, not to mention discounts without upfront carrier activation, new lines, new accounts, trade-ins, or port-ins are completely nonexistent.

  • As usual, the holiday shopping season brings an avalanche of just about anything you can think of, from the best Android phones to the world’s most popular smartwatches, tablets, and true wireless earbuds, but there are certain product categories. And individual devices are mostly left behind in the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations of America’s largest retailer and the shipper. For example, I can’t even remember when Apple’s first 5G-enabled iPhone SE was available, especially in the unlocked variant, at a truly amazing discount.

Meanwhile, Woot can hook you up with a 64GB storage configuration in exchange for $299.99 and digital hoarders are charged $359.99 and $379.99 for the privilege of bumping that number up to 128 or 256 gigs. Considering these are not brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged devices, their markdowns from Apple’s $429, $479, and $579 list prices respectively may not feel dramatic.

Of course, before settling for the outdated design of this ultra-affordable Apple A15 Bionic powerhouse, we have to consider that the 4th generation iPhone SE is probably (more or less) just around the corner. Of course, the iPhone XR-inspired iPhone SE (2023) could launch for well over $300. So if you have a very tight budget, there is little point in waiting. By the way, we wouldn’t be shocked if Woot runs out of stock (midway) by the end of the year.

But while the 90-day warranty included here is a major compromise compared to what you’d get from the world’s second-largest smartphone maker or a retailer like Best Buy, Woot is ready to vouch not only for the flawless functionality of its iPhone SE 3 units on sale (technically) until January 1. Believe it or not, these reconditioned (which is evidently not the same as refurbished) puppies should present “no visible” scratches or blemishes whatsoever, looking “practically brand new” at first glance and offering a “minimum” battery health rating of 95 percent.