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iPhone 5s users can upgrade to iPhone SE for just $10/month

In what might come as no surprise, Apple really wants you to upgrade your old iPhone 5s to the new four-inch iPhone SE. It's already one of the most affordable iPhone models, but the company is making it extra-appealing to users of its oldest 4-inch models with a pretty nice trade-in deal (opens in new tab).

Available only in stores starting March 31, you can bring in your old iPhone 5s and get $150 in cash, which is nice. Alternatively, you can trade it for a 16GB iPhone SE and pay just $10/month for two years. (You can also trade it in for an iPhone 6s for $20/month, but Apple's banking on the fact that four-inch smartphone users are going to want to trade for newer four-inch iPhones.)

In contrast, users trading in a 5 or 5c have have to pay $12/month, and 4/4s users $14; if you want to trade in an iPhone 6, the SE isn't even available as a standard trading option, though it is available for trade in (probably around $4-8/month, given the pricing options for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus).

$10/month essentially lets you purchase your new SE for $240, rather than the $399 starting price for the 16GB model; this would net you an extra $9 over deciding to trade in your iPhone 5s for cash, then buying the 16GB SE outright.

In short: You get to walk away with Apple's newest four-inch smartphone, and your old iPhone 5s gets to spend some quality time with Liam the happy disassembling robot.

We'll have more information on pre-ordering and buying the iPhone SE coming to iMore very soon, but in the meantime, let us know if you have any questions and we'll try and tackle them.

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

6 Comments
  • Wow.
    That's a very tempting way to enter a ball and chain agreement. Very tempting. However, I am interested in that trade in though with just the cash and applying it towards the SE.
  • How much case would they give for an iPhone 5? Also, what would the payments be for an iPhone SE 64gig if I traded in an iPhone 5?
  • $100, and not sure of the answer for your other question.
  • Does the SE support VoLTE?
  • Yes it does!
  • I'm assuming this would apply to the 64gb SE as well, and I wonder if AppleCare plus could be included? That would be ($600 - $150) / 24 = $19 per month. That's not bad for a 64gb 6S strength device. My concern is not knowing how much ram is in the SE. You can really tell the difference having 2 gb of ram in the 6s/+.