Deal: Apple iPhone SE now $240 off at Boost and Virgin Mobile

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile (Sprint's two prepaid brands) are currently slashing no less than $240 off the price of the iPhone SE - brand new, off contract. More exactly, Boost Mobile is selling the iPhone SE 32 GB for just $159.99, and the iPhone SE 128 GB for $259.99. Apparently, Virgin Mobile only has the iPhone SE 128 GB in stock - for the same price of $259.99. The deals can be checked out via the source links found at the end of this article.

While both Boost and Virgin are offering their iPhones off contract, the handsets are not unlocked. It looks like you can unlock them for free only after using them for at least 12 months on Boost or Virgin (on plans starting at $35 per month). Another thing to note is that the iPhone SE units available on Boost and Virgin Mobile are not suitable for use on Verizon and AT&T (as they're missing essential LTE bands), but they should work perfectly fine on Sprint and T-Mobile.

As a reminder, Apple is currently selling the iPhone SE 32 GB for $399, and the iPhone SE 128 GB for $499, though these prices get you fully unlocked devices.

sources: Boost Mobile (iPhone SE 32 GB, iPhone SE 128 GB), Virgin Mobile

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iPhone SE
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 1624 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

That shi*ty phone is too small

4. Unordinary unregistered

If that phone is s**tty I wonder what word I should use for 98% of all pre existing, existing, and future Android models lmao.

5. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Nailed it

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To be fair those 98% are mostly cheap sub-$100 crap. Don't get me wrong, this is my favorite iPhone, if it was priced like this in our country, I'll buy it in a heartbeat. You Apple zombies need to chill.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait, so being cheap is an excuse now? Wasn't that the major differentiation mechanism for Android?

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So comparing a discounted $240 phone with a sub $100 one should be fair? Conpletely disregard the price just like that? Come on kiko, I expect more from you.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's not what I'm saying; price SHOULDN'T be an excuse for poultry performance. That's not a fair viewpoint because: A) There are cheap Androids that perform extremely well, and B) Android flagships cost as much OR MORE and still perform worse overall when compared to the SE. Example of A) ZTE ZMax Pro. Decent performance. Massive screen. Great battery life. $120 USD retail price. That's just one... don't get me started on Chinese offerings in that range. Examples of B) I'm fairly confident if the current batch of flagships were to be put up against the SE, they'd lose as well in terms of what we call performance metrics. So... is price really an accurate measure of performance scaling?

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I guess we have a lot of misunderstandings here. You should read what I replied to. He's implying that 98% of the androids are WORSE than sh*tty. So which is correct, your examples, or Unordinary's statement?

21. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Obviously mine... because I'm a narcissistic twat!/s Joking aside... 98% is excessive. I'd say say 60% is more accurate.

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"98% is excessive. I'd say say 60% is more accurate." Okay then, we have a proper conclusion. Thank you for the very proper conversation, at least no namecalling happened.

35. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The SE shamed the GS8 in speed and overall performance, there are many videos on YouTube about that, even the old iPhone 6 outperforms the GS8 sometimes in speed and destroys it in ram management despite having only 1Gb ram

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The S8 has almost 6 times the number of pixels compared to the iPhone SE. So I would expect the iPhone SE with it's sub HD resolution display to be fast. Especially since the SE graphics engine only needs to render graphics objects that are 6 times lower in resolution, and use 6 times less ram. How's VR on your iPhone SE? Oh, that's right it would be a horrible experience with the iPhone SE. I guess that is why Apple hasn't been pushing VR/AR yet. Even the iPhone 7 would be crap for VR/AR.

37. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lol the thing is that it also lost in speed and ram management compared to the iPhone 6S plus (2015 phone!!!!) and the GS8 was set at 1080p resolution, I'm sorry that argument is no longer valid :)

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 6s, and even the latest iPhone 7's do not have real multitasking. Not to mention there is no split screen multitasking. So when when multiple tasks are running on Android, so of those tasks can keep running in the background. All iPhones halt one task to run another forground task. Come back to me when users can run multiple tasks simultaneously on an iPhone. I don't mean music in the background and running​something else either. I am talking real multitasking, where developers can take advantage of real multitasking.

42. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

So having 6 apps at the same time on a tiny screen is better than keeping apps on background, so for example if you're editing a word or excel file on your "flawless" GS8 but suddenly you have to go through different apps and then decide to resume your work at the file you were editing you'll be happy to start again because logic, isn't it? It's hard to discuss something logical with you, since you can't keep using the resolution argument then you're with the "true multitasking" which is far from reality but a delusion. You're just rekt and with every response you make it worse, you need to stop please

38. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Imagine thinking that people who has vr devices really use them lol, such level of delusion, in my country I can see many people selling those things because they never use them LMAO

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But your claim is false in all product categories. Example, lets take cars. Would you expect a $3000 Yugo to perform exactly like a Benz C300 at $40k+? Do you expect a $.99 hamburger to taste like a $18.00 Steak burger? Do you expect a 747 to get you to London at the same time a Concorde would? Do you expect a toothpick to be able to hold up the same amount of weight as a log? Do you expect a boulder that is dropped on a person to have the same effect as if it was a pebble? I don't expect some cheap $100 to perform anywhere close to a phone cost $1000. Yes "cheap" is very much so an excuse. The phone even at $100 still does what you need. Who cares if its slow? Did you care when flip phones were slow? NO. and many of them cost more than many smartphones. The first flip phone I bought, retailed for $250. Again you wnat to compare a phone that has no advanced features to a flagship full of features. Guess what, I am sure an empty short bus, would perform better than a fully loaded tour bus full of people. I am sure a Van would perform better than a 18 wheeler. That doesn't prove anything. If I compared the performance of an SE vs a S7, who would win? Obvious that tiny SE likely woudl in many tests, except the ones that really matter.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You would be worried about some stupid speed test that won't prove anything. But here is what an SE for Example with all its speed would lose vs let's say an S7. The S7 is waterproof, try dropping the SE in water. The S7 with a battery almost double the size would still charge faster. The S7 will take better pictures and video, especially in low light. The S7 can charge without a cord faster than the Se with one. Benchmark test don't prove anything. Opening 50 apps in a row to see which does it faster don't prove anything because no one uses a phone this way. Seeing as a full Sized iPhone 7 in just 2 hours of internet usage, drops the battery below 40%, then the Se would be nearly dead int he same amount of time vs an S7, which in tests still has 50% of its battery. So like I said, the SE may score higher in benchmarks or similar, but the fact is, no one uses a phone that way in real life and in all real life tests it would fail. the SE is not a flagship and you lost your debate when you claimed it could beat a flagship. The fact is, it could not, because it won't win in every single v=category and the 3 it woudl win, aren't even real life usage. Benchmarks, have never and will never match real life usage. Opening 25 apps is a row and closing them, is not real life usage. Dropping a phone over and over and over again from different heights until its breaks is not real life usage. These things don't [prove anything, except anyone who uses such as a basis to claim a phone is better is a total fool.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Tbilisi rally Androids don't cost what this one costs either.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Those really crappy Androids*

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Unordinary clearly you have been hiding under a rock. Because the vast majority of Android smartphones have a much larger display than 4". The iPhone SE display is so small that it isn't HD. BTW last year alone there was over 4000 different Android smartphones that arrived. Compared to only 3 different iPhones. Oh, and it's only this year that Apple stopped making the 16gb model, and now the base iPhone SE is 32 GB. The $159 for the iPhone SE with 32 GB should be the regular price, compared to the overpriced $399.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Probably the best overall small phone on the market. Pretty good specs, awesome eco system, good camera, and the best designed iPhone to date...not bad. Those bezels though...ginormous.

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

It is interesting but at this price, if you care about money, I would prefer an Android because it's lifetime is dramatically higher with all the customisation available. The only real thing I complain about Apple at this low price is the closed ecosystem.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apples closed eco system, is the size of a galaxy. I've no problem with it.

7. Unordinary unregistered

I'm sorry but I wouldn't sacrifice everything good just to change the ability to swap some icon packs and s**t. If I wanted to customize, I'd jailbreak this phone also, and have best of both worlds, something you can't get without spending $800-$1000 on a premium Android device like the Pixel or Galaxy brands.

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Looks like someone hasn't used a proper modern mid range android phone yet.

18. Unordinary unregistered

I have. Threw it in the bin 5 months in because it slowed down. This was 2 years ago when I shattered my iPhone 6

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

what would that phone be? If the iPhone SE was priced like this in our country I would pick it over the android midrangers in no time, but it costs more than $400 here, so no thanks.

30. AlikMalix unregistered

If I knew Apple was to release this when I bought my 6S would have waited and got the SE. Perfect phone: fast, small, best body design ever!

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Great small phone at a great price. I wished Apple had priced them like this too. The A9 in it is a beast. Perhaps the only gripes I have with it is its collossal bezels, 1st-gen Touch ID, low-detailed selfie snapper, and the lack of 3D Touch. Maybe in iPhone SE 2??

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