Nokia Lumia 521

HSN drops T-Mobile Lumia 521 price to $129.95

Although you can still find the Lumia 521 for $129.95 at other shops, like your local Walmart (if it’s available) or on occasion a Microsoft Store (if you live near one), is still selling the phone at what seems to be a great pace—plus it’s actually in stock.

The low-cost phone, which we reviewed here, runs normally for $149.95 at the popular online shop but perhaps for the holiday (Flag Day today, Father’s Day on Sunday), they’ve dropped it to an even more enticing $130. Mind you, that’s the no-contract, no strings attached price for the T-Mobile locked handset.

We happen to use the Lumia 521 quite regularly at home due to the Wi-Fi calling feature and overall general feel of the device. That’s not to say we don’t grab our 92x devices when we go out, but the 521 is in our opinion the perfect phone for teenagers or older folks who don’t want a fancy smartphone (but could still benefit from some of its features, like maps, messaging and a nice calendar).

Head over to to pick up the Lumia 521 in white. Have a 521? Share your experience with others in comments on whether this phone gets a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’.

Source:; Thanks, John, for the tip!



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aaa6112 says:

I played with this phone at a local MSFT store. Foe that price, its the biggest "yay" ever.

rakesh1995 says:

yaaaaayy from me

Booston says:

So do you have to have T-Mobile service to use the WiFi calling?

cerebasan says:

I have one. I'm a sprint/android convert trying out windows phone and TMobile. So far I have been very satisfied. I am interested in the 925 though. Hurry up Tmo!!!

rodneyej says:

The 925 is nice and all, but Nokia better come with it!! I want a 5.5inch screen, 2k resolution, octa core processor, HDMI2 out, up to 500gb expandable storage, IR transmitter, 51mp camera lol, Carbon fiber monocoque shell, Solar charging screen, Lithium-Sulfur battery, whatever GPS the military is using right now, external speaker with selectable wattage up to 5w, and a phone with much louder volume so us deaf people can hear conversations better... Heck, I'd just settle for the last one.... Lol!!

Musicman247 says:

Purchased one for my wife! Finally an online retailer that has one in stock! Thanks for the tip!

I tried ordering twice and they canceled my order both times. I eventually got it off Ebay and my mother loves this phone (so do I!).

Munkeyphyst says:

How well does this play on the ATT network?

Pretty rough, mostly Edge connection...that's if u can unlock it.

Alex Zapata says:

Not to throw a wrench in here, but shouldn't it support AT&T's wcdma network if the apn is set up correctly or is this an AT&T issue? I only say this because according to the Nokia website it supports the 1900MHz band that AT&T uses. Unless they're pulling an old-school Verizon.

Got it a month ago from HSN for $150 for my kid. Good deal then, even better deal now.

AndyGriff says:

This phone is perfect for so many people it should be selling in its millions: older people, people on a budget, teenagers, current smartphone owners wanting a spare. I almost bought one on a whim today just for the car. I may well yet still do so.

walter1832 says:

Get one for the bathroom.

renisans says:

"Bought one just for the car." Does that mean Nokia Drive performs well on this phone? If so, I may just get a couple for older family members...

Viipottaja says:

Don't see why it wouldn't (does not have a compass of course)

WPFanboy says:

teenagers? believe, this is the last phone we'd ever want, it doesn't have a front camera, its camera is not 8mp and it doesn't have the 'cool' trending apps! so nope.

jdriscoll636 says:

This is why its perfect for a teen.

LMZR says:

Strange, i'm a teen and Windows Phone would do perfectly for me. The lack of games doesn't bother me as i have a iPod Touch 5th gen.

For me "perfect phone for teenagers" = teenager who doesn't have job to pay for their own phone, and who I have no intention of spending $600+ on and locking into a 2 year acccount.

clappenings says:

Thinking about snatching one up as a backup phone. I guess no LTE support for unlock/att. Not too important, I'm on WiFi 99 % of the time

Ordeith says:

You can get an att 620 for $180.

Viipottaja says:

Really? Where?

Viipottaja says:

How easily would tmo let me unlock it? Would get one for our nanny but we are on at&t.

Vb2012 says:

Gdr 2 leak details Daniel any news from your sources :D me want gdr 2 and amber :(

Oakdale Dude says:

The Lumia 521 definately gets a big ole "YAY" from me

I purchased this device when it was first offered by HSN about a month ago. At $150 it was a great deat. At $130 its a steal.

It's obviously not a high-end 5 C-Note device and there were trade-offs that were made in order to offer it at the price point. But it packs alot of features under it's hood for the price. And they are useful features and not just there as gimmicks.

For the casual non power-user, I believe that this device like a Snickers will more than satisfy.

tbonenga says:

Has anyone heard if Tmo's 925 is gonna come with WiFi calling?

clappenings says:

Probably most definitely I'd say that is an absolutely cert

doubledeej says:

Most reviews and articles about it claim that it will.

Jaco Ra says:

I wonder if this will work on Wind when unlocked

lippidp says:

"We happen to use the Lumia 521 quite regularly at home..." You guys all live together in some sort of hippy WPcentral commune?  LOL jk girlfriend

Jaco Ra says:

Can this phone work on Wind if unlocked ?

Lamenade says:

The 521 will work on Wind. It uses AWS. You just gotta unlock it.

Viipottaja says:

And will tmo let you easily?

toph36 says:

So, you can just buy this phone and use it like (dare I say!) an iPod Touch? Am thinking about grabbing one for my young daughter so she can play games on it. Although not sure how how games like Temple Run would work on it (if at all).

trickym81 says:

My mom has a dumb phone that just broke. She knows nothing about phones and doesn't care.
Is this phone a decent option for someone who uses her phone for mostly texting and some email?
Also, any idea if it works on Fido in Canada if I can unlock it?

neak says:

I just purchased this phone for my mom.  I think it's perfect for her. 
When her dumb phone broke down 2 weeks ago, I insist on buying this phone for her instead of another dumb phone because of its hard to beat price.  The phone comes with a pre-paid sim card. But, since we are already on T-mobile, I just cut her old sim card to be micro-sim size and pop it in.  Everything works butter smooth.  Since she doesn't have data plan, I disable the data connection. I didn't get any notification from t-mobile.  So, hopefully, t-mobile won't charge us data service for smart phone.  She doesn't want to pay $20 per month for data plan.  We will see how that goes. 
Since the phone comes with pre-paid card, you can probably use it as an ipod touch.  I'm not too sure how pre-paid works.  You should probably ask t-mobile.
Originally, I was worry about the text size being too small.  But, after I set the text to the largest font, text in email and phone contact are actually not too bad.  It's pretty crisp and clear. 
With this phone, she can check email (through wifi), use nokia drive for gps and play music.  "Amazing Weather" is truely great with start screen and live tile suppot.  Now she doesn't check weather on her PC anymore.
I told her that there is dedicated camera button on the phone.  Now, she takes picture with the phone when taking grandson to park.  The only negative is missing icloud integration.  She keeps on asking me if she can see pictures from other people like her ipod touch. 
I installed RapidDail because it has larger text for phone type.  She is completely lost with that.  So, I teach her how to call from People tile.  It turns out Microsoft is right.  It's more intuitive to find phone number though scolling than searching. 
I'll strongly recommend this phone to people who don't need to play latest popular game like old people. 

Sekyal says:

Crap! Just got mine, bought this past Saturday. Could've saved $20 if had waited a bit.

@ Daniel...why does it run rough on Att.. Im running an unlocked lumia 710 on att through straight talk...why only edge..has something changed...just curious I want to pick up one to put my sim card in

I think that I should wait for the iphone 5s low-cost

Viipottaja says:

Probably essentially a redesigned 1st Gen iPhone.

doubledeej says:

Why is this coming with a carrier lock when it is off-contract?

Seems they want you to have t-mobile prepaid for two months before they will unlock

Just bought this from hsn last night.. Hoping it doesn't take too long to get unlocked