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AT&T’s own Lumia 520 gets revealed in latest leaked photo?

We’ve heard about the RM-941, a Nokia device with AT&T bands that just passed through the FCC recently. That device has a WVGA screen with some different bands, making it something of an oddity. Although it sounds an awful lot like a Lumia 520 (or Lumia 521), which lacks such high end comforts.

Persistent leaker @evleaks has now posted a picture with the simple text “It’s coming…” and no other info. The photo shows the back of a fairly plain looking Nokia Lumia phone, but notice how there is no flash? There’s only one Lumia that has that distinct look and it’s the 52x series.

Nokia Lumia 520
The Nokia Lumia 520: Headed for AT&T?

Assuming @evleaks have it right (and they always do), the nation’s biggest carrier is about to make a play for the entry-level market and the ultra-low cost Nokia offering. The Lumia 520 (see our review) lacks a lot of the big  features of its Lumia siblings, but in turn, it makes up for it by having a price tag below $150 (off contract) and solid build quality.

We think Nokia’s low-cost prowess and AT&T’s reach could really help push Windows Phone into the mainstream, competing with all of the cheapo Android devices that have flooded the market as of recent. What do you folks think?

Source: @evleaks; Thanks, milkybuet, for the tip!

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Cellus13 says:

Since its such a cheap device just put it on all carriers. The 520 would kill on Verizon.

harchestr says:

Don't know if Verizon offers off contact plans

kidjenius says:

good strategic play

Sam Sabri says:

I'm all for these budget friendly phones. It's totally going to help push the market share of WP up, up, and up!

devize says:

Agreed. I don't think WP can match it with the high end Android devices until Microsoft upgrades their hardware requirements. These low end segments are where WP really beats Android devices.

Musicman247 says:

They can match and beat most high end phones performance-wise, but until people stop playing the "what are the specs?" game, nobody will ever give it a fair shake. It's ironic, really, since the iPhone has some of the worst specs on the market for a flagship device, yet it sells just fine.

oddom says:

The iPhone has already won the hearts and minds of consumers though. Every kid now a days knows what an I device is and the apple store is popular because of it.

erzhik says:

Offer it free with a $25 WP store credit and it could be a hit. If they offer it free without any other incentive, I don't see this going anywhere but down because obviously you could get a higher end smartphone for free.

harchestr says:

Not off contract you won't

sepatown says:

I would love to smoke some of that good good. Please do tell, where can I fizzind one?

waazzupppp says:

$150 Lumia 520 and a $60 a month unlimited Talk, Text and 2GB data GoPhone plan... Two year cost $1590... Steal!

2GB of LTE is a joke...unless u always use WiFi. If only their 5GB was a better price.

harchestr says:

It's a budget phone with the second largest carrier. Most people can get by especially with the use of WI FI

MikeyMike01 says:

Perhaps T-Mobile's $30 5GB plan is more to your liking?

That's what I'm using a 521 on currently. 

jsnod25 says:

I'll keep my unlimited plan for $30 on at&t.

The only reason why I didn't buy the 520 is because it doesn't have a compass and that stops me from using Nokia City Lens. For that matter, Nokia Lumia 720 is a far better bet for it's price with way better Camera and many additional features. You may want to think about that than buy the 520 and feel frustrated that it doesn't have a Compass.

harchestr says:

Did you get it off contract. If you did how much?

I could def use a backup phone for my Lumia 920 from AT&T. I love this. I want the red one!!

12Danny123 says:

I wonder if Verizon will get this. I find it unlikely though 

Fndlumia says:

If that statement about evleaks always being right holds true I for one find that 1020 designator for eos very disappointing

eshy says:

if they don't introduce a budget friendly plan to go with this budget friendly phone, it won't make much sense. you can get the 920 for 50$ on a two year contract, if you pay the same every month, why get the 520?

Mingu7 says:

^this.
 
The 520 makes no sense on a carrier that heavily subsidizes their phones.  The 820 has way more features and higher quality components, and can be had for free last I checked.
 
Perhaps this points to AT&T adopting some of T-Mobile's highly acclaimed service plan changes?  It sucks to have to continue to pay the phone subsidy on your monthly bill long after you have "paid off" the phone.  T-Mobile's payment plans are an excellent change, and transparently show the real difference between something like the 521, mid-tier, and top-tier phones.  You can get a steal like the 521, or pay a bit more up front and during the payment plan for something fancier if your budget permits.  It's transparent and I really hope AT&T and others adopt it.

Fndlumia says:

Btw Daniel was milkybuets tip much earlier than mine?....good news for WP stateside

milkybuet says:

Ah my tip went live! So happy!

Spedez says:

Way cool. Good for Nokia.

ebradley says:

This would be a good way to get my MIL away from the flip phone on the cheap.

tboggs13 says:

At this price, I will buy one as a spare. But mostly I think we need to quit thinking of this as an ATT phone, but instead think of it as a GoPhone. This is for blister packs and end caps in stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart. A smartphone for the month to month masses.

Newfangled says:

The only major gripe I have about my Lumia 521 is T-Mobile's coverage. You can't find a better smartphone under $150 and if other carriers started offering it, I think Windows Phone would see a huge surge in adoption.

phatboy66 says:

This would be amazing for WP8, 2013 is really an important year for Microsoft

Nokia better stop sending anonymous press releases and calling them "Leaks".

Spedez says:

You think evleaks (same that leaked eos weeks ago) is owned by Nokia? That would be some conspiracy plan...

I wonder if this is for people who don't want data plans. If true then this is a great move by Nokia. Why get a feature phone when you get a smart phone for the same price and same feature phone plan

Now I am confused: I was told that Verizon is the largest mobile operator in the United States, the eighth in the world. And now you say that is the AT&T....