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Nokia Lumia 520 available for $50 at Best Buy, today only

Nokia Lumia 520

For today only, celebrating the Easter holidays, Best Buy has the Nokia Lumia 520 available for just $49.99. The Windows Phone has sold strongly in numerous markets, pushing the platform's market share in multiple regions. This is due to its affordability matched with features and functionality present.

It's on AT&T, but you'll be picking up the device with no contract, which is always a slight bonus. That and you have a saving of $20 off the recommend price. Be sure to hurry if you're interested as the deal only lasts until the end of today.

To serve as a reminder, we're looking at a 1.0 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, a 4-inch IPS LCD display at 480 x 800 px, a 5MP camera on back with no front-facing camera and microSD support.

Source: Best Buy; thanks, Andy, for the tip!



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tkdmacgeek says:

Better way to use this as an mp3 device instead of buying an ipod

You don't need to bring it down to the level of an iPod. This is a proper phone, with full WP experience (minus a very small number of apps that require 512+ RAM).

tkdmacgeek says:

I wasn't bringing it down, just saying that some people might buy this phone to use a spare or backup device.  When I go into the MS store in Portland people always buy this phone to use as a mp3 device because it is cheaper than iPod touch and has more to offer :) 

swizzlerz says:

Did the same thing. 64 gigs micro sd

tkdmacgeek says:

It's a smart alternative!

Auric Jarrel says:

Was actually considering doing that myself. I have a 16gb tmo L925 and the space just isn't enough for what is otherwise a lovely phone.

mjrtoo says:

The 520 is a great phone!

TLRtheory says:

Sure is wonderful. I own the vastly superior Lumia 1020, yet the 520 has an aesthetic charm and solid user experience that brings me back to it many times over.

ebk14 says:

Not with this new music app..

London Jr says:

yep.... they need to bring back exactly what was there before and just refine that!

patstar5 says:

That is what I mainly use mine for, but music app is horrible! My iPhone 5 music app is way better than windows phone, iTunes Store is easy to buy music from compared to confusing layout on Microsoft's. I mainly use cloudmuzik to listen to my google play music collection while I am in the shower.

swizzlerz says:

8.0 was great. 8.1 is a beta app. It will I improve in time.

tkdmacgeek says:

Oh, and all this time I thought you sang in the shower!  lol

Sin Ogaris says:

That's a terrible idea, the DAC in the ipod classic is phenomenal, partner it with some decent headphones and the noise is non existent. Why Apple choose to pair such great converters with such horrendous headphones I will never know.

Deaconclgi says:

I'll probably trade my old iPhone 4 8GB and get this! Full Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana at this price is much better than keeping an old iPhone that can't even get Siri and lacks SD Card support.

It's a great deal!

GilbertPena says:

Go for it! I have a 520 and it feels like I got a lot more than what I paid for :)

Ecurb87 says:

Mu daughter likes "My Talking Tom", will it work on your device?

Memitim says:

Yes it is available on Windows Phone

Yep! I have it in my Lumia 520 as well!

ncxcstud says:

Really impressed with the 520 I bought for my wife. Works really well on WP 8.1 too.

Lumia 520 is my first Windows Phone as well. It made me believe how well WP OS can run on a low memory (RAM) device. Later, I wanted a good secondary camera and upgraded to Lumia 720. I still use both and sometimes I feel 520 is better in my hands (fits better).

Tjalsma says:

Same here. I got one for my wife a while ago on sale for $70 and still thought it was a great deal. It's a fantastic phone. There is a certain charm to it.

I never regret my decision to buy the 520 over an android phone or iPhone any day, any time!


Ecurb87 says:

Well damn. Darth Bane would be proud, lol

tkdmacgeek says:

What Obama got to do with this?


Ecurb87 says:

Colorado has something to help with the pain

juanitoriv says:

4:20 in the 719!!

tkdmacgeek says:


gamo62 says:

Exactly. Impeach the Bastard, before he starts two more wars and kills thousands more men and women. We all know what he's done is far more serious that his predecessor. So, go ahead and get those proceedings started right away. Time is a wasting.

tkdmacgeek says:

He wants to be a WW3 President! Give him a 1520 to avoid nuclear war!

mjrtoo says:

He's leading the nations armies to Armageddon.

tkdmacgeek says:

No doubt!  AntiChrist!

darkoman4 says:

Thosands?!? If he plays war games in Russian backyard we are talking more like millions. 

schlubadub says:

Yet he won the Nobel Peace Prize simply because he wasn't George Bush ;)

tkdmacgeek says:

More like just handed the Nobel Peace Prize, then he turns around an invades Libya without Congressional Approval, and bombs kids in Yemen lol

schlubadub says:

Well, yeah - because he promised to undo all of the harm that the warmonger George W Bush had done (orchestrated by his father, no doubt). We all know how well that's turned out as the US are still engaged in their invasion (some call it a 'war' but that's false).

mados123 says:

We all know what he's done is far more serious that his predecessor.

Good lord, not to digress from a great deal on a great phone but that statement is dillusional and without credibility.  Just like comparing Benghazi to being worse than the 13 Benghazis that happened during the Bush years.

sqlchicken says:

If you like your phone you can keep your phone.

jpling says:

Lol @ you can keep your phone

Ecurb87 says:

I think I will go pick this up today for my daughter

tkdmacgeek says:

Tell her no boys and you'll give her a MicroSD lol

Ecurb87 says:

Lol, definitely no boys. She is way too young and MicroSD was already on the list along with a new Bluetooth ear piece (for me)

Jackalneck says:

Most Best Buy stores are closed today -.-

Soypan says:

Yeah, I just went to mine, and it's closed, also fry's and my barber shop :/ (first easter in the U.S., didn't know :P)

Buying the L520 is pretty much pointless as now days games n apps are coming for 1GB phones.

doomtuba says:

I have an 820, but the only apps that require 1 GB are games, which isn't that big of a deal for a lot of people.

Its pointless only if the price of Lumia 525 falls down to that of 520 (Remember what happened to Lumia 510 which wasn't upgradable?). Everyone doesn't buy phones for games (That's why we are still about to see new Lumia 630 and 635 I believe). Above 99% of store apps are supported by 520 very well. Gamers should avoid, not just 520 but 620, 625, 630, 635, 720...

schlubadub says:

It's great if you want a mobile with lots of storage. Unlike the goddamn 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1030 models. SMH

JohnStrk says:

Wish they would just offer up the 925 as a no contract device. $99 would be a great price for it at this point.

Actually they have... There's a recent article on it, and it's actually $79 with no contract.

John20212 says:

Refurb, not new; thats a no go.


Carries the same level of warranty as a NIB device, so for me it's a non-issue.

rahul.sharma says:

^this. Bought one yesterday as a spare.

Jeyrus says:

Picked mine up this morning. It will be a good back up for my 1520 or if I just want something smaller for the day.

The things are going for around $150 on eBay, so I thought might as well act now.

Jabid21 says:

It will work with aio right?

purevibz says:

I got the 925 for T-Mobile for$199 you can't beat that price.

Ordeith says:

Except getting the ATT 925 for $80, of course.

SwimSwim says:

Or for $30 more, get the Lumia 925 off-contract on AT&T. Refurbished, but still....

Ecurb87 says:

I'm considering this one also for my daughter. Had her playing with it at At&t the other day. She liked it.

SwimSwim says:

If you've been planning on getting her a smartphone or some sort of device, this is indeed quite the bargain.

I'm definitely keeping this in mind, in case I ever need a back up device. For now, my 1020 and 520 will suit me nicely.

mjrtoo says:

Only if you add a line or upgrade your phone, you can't buy it outright.

Zeroplanetz says:

No there was a out right buy. Meaning no contract. Dont remember were though.

mjrtoo says:

No, there wasn't.

mjrtoo says:

Did you actually try to buy it? I did, you couldn't.

SwimSwim says:

I'll check later, but I hope that's not the case, because I'm actually considering grabbing this deal.

SwimSwim says:


This very site (WPC) posted it just yesterday.

I'm jealous, because I bought a 520 a few months ago, now you can get a 925 for $80!

schlubadub says:

Yes, but then you have limited storage. At least with the 520 you can keep a few 64 GB microSD cards loaded with music and swap them as desired.

At this price range..its better than any android phones..

Aashish13 says:

Any day better

Far better... I wish we had contracts and price tags like this in india. I should've already bought 920, 1020 and 1520 altogther already... But phones here are a way costlier. Lumia 520 is still $140 - $160 in Nokia stores and around $120 in flipkart..

SwimSwim says:

Whoa... Crazy. Wish I could but these devices and ship 'em to you guys. $140 for a 520? Absurd!

Yeah, it's true Nokia/Samsung/Sony/HTC or any other OEM phones (and tablets too) are too much costly in India. That's the reason whenever my uncle goes Arab Emirates, he buys 2-3 high end devices in his every business tour!

mango.lover says:

Best Buy is open today? Poor souls.

Ecurb87 says:

I thought the same thing

mjrtoo says:

A lot of people like to work and earn a living, you should try it.

mango.lover says:

I do. I have two jobs. D ick.

gamo62 says:

Why poor souls?

edjr07 says:

No best buy is closed on Easter

Damn that photo is way too old..but feels like has come a long way since

LOL! They should've posted a WP8.1 in 520 shot...

Ordeith says:

So this is a story.
But when AIO was selling the last stock of their 620s for $50, that didn't get a story?

gamo62 says:

Blame yourself. Easier on all of us.

tkdmacgeek says:

Well, look who decided to grow some balls... internet balls that is lol

herbertsnow says:

Get my internet balls out of your mouth.

kevC4D says:

Aio Wireless has the 620 for 49.99 with no contract. Isn't that a better deal?

Ordeith says:

Out of stock. Don't know if it will be replenished.

It's it's better!

churro#WN says:

Dang please put the521 on sale

sco0by1 says:

Best buy is closed for Easter today

mjrtoo says:

Curious if anyone has done the 8.1 preview on this phone and how it works? I didn't have an opportunity to load it on mine before they pulled it.

Deaconclgi says:

WP 8.1 works fine on my coworkers 521 and it is the same phone as the 520 except it is for Tmobile. Since the 8.1 update is for all WP8 devices, it should work perfectly for the ATT 520.

mjrtoo says:

Curious about slowdowns etc. I figured it works work. :)

Deaconclgi says:

I didn't notice any slowdowns and ladydias said everything worked fine on her husband's 520. Microsoft did a great job of optimizing WP 8.1 to run on all WP 8 devices as promised.

ladydias says:

My husband has a 520 that we updated to 8.1 and it works just fine.

enzom09 says:

Aio is selling the 620 in yellow for 50 as well...

remmo says:

Amazon has that offer too

I'm owning both 520 and 525 ;)

tkdmacgeek says:

do you like this?

mbooks says:

I have 1 new in box plus 2 used. Will sell if you miss this deal. $50 for nib. Keeping older ones for spares.

kikoeightone says:

I switched from a dead iPhone 3gd to a Lumia 520. Great phone, would definitely recommend. Plus, 8.1 makes it feel like I've got a new phone.

kb002 says:

I think is great deal it nice phone which will support wp8.1

TheP90XGrad says:

The 520 provides a great user experience, great price point, and fully serves smartphone needs. I used mine for a few months before upgrading to the 1020. If anyone reading is on the fence about it, just do it. It really is a good deal.

AV2RY says:

520, 925...give me 1020 or Icon with somewhat similar deal. I'll take it immediately, but I'm still happy with my 928

tallgeese says:

Tinker/Development phone.

patstar5 says:

I bought a nokia Lumia 925 for $80 refurbished on Att website yesterday. Much better phone for $30 more. I also got a galaxy s4 for $180 off contract, wanted note 3 but they were sold out of refurbished units...

mjrtoo says:

Yeah, on contract or upgrade, you just didn't buy it outright.

rahul.sharma says:

No contract, period. Stop bitching when u have no no contract and upgrade works. Let me tell you, whenever you want to buy a no contract phone on Att...they require you to take a new line (no contract) or use your existing for upgrade here doesn't mean that you signing a contract or you gonna use your existing upgrade...i bought this phone yesterday on one of my line which was due for upgrade Feb the thing is i am not eligible for any upgrade but still can buy any new no contract phone from ATT and this will not change my upgrade dates....i am still due for upgrade on Feb 2015. So, this is a outright buy. Hope this helps.

lancorp says:

Awesome phone for $50.  Great for kids and older parents who don't need lots of memory or extreme camera.

Best of all, get a $100 line credit when you add it to your ATT Value Share plan, and at $15/mo for unlimited talk/text and share 10GB, it's a steal!

I'm loving my AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan.  Added 7 addt'l phones and my $100 credit each are starting to show up!  :) 

Even though it's a GoPhone, go to ATT and get normal SIM (no charge), add it to your account (no activiation fee since it's a no-contract phone) and wait for your $100 bill credit if you use it to add another line!  It's Win-Win!

How is that possible if all the Best Buys are closed because of Easter. is it online only?

cesar ruiz1 says:

Wmpoweruser found the lumia 529 for the same 50 buckss on best buy.

Deaconclgi says:

Do you mean the Lumia 521?

cesar ruiz1 says:

No they say its the 529.

eruptflail says:

It's 50$ on amazon... And has been.

ntice_521 says:

It's only $50 on amazon because amazon always matches Best Buy pricing.


When the Best Buy sale is over, amazon will raise the price again.


OsamaAdam98 says:

L520 is sold for 200$ here in my country, Little too jealous of you guys!

bryanibuan says:

Same here. Hope to see this kind of pricing in my country too.

Why in Europe Shops are selling this device for 150€?

ho0lee0h says:

The 925 is a better deal... The 520 feels cheap. Good phone but coming from 920... Heh I got the 925.

NYRbeezer says:

The 520 feels cheap because of the cover they put on the back.  It's flimsy.  Spend the 10-15 bux and get a replacement one from Nokia and it doesn't feel cheap at all.  

marantaz says:

Best Buy is closed AZ that is.

Talbot690 says:

Closed in Canada too.. What's shitty one day sale

rahul.sharma says:

Open browser and go to

herbertsnow says:

I wish the 520 had a flash.

kitty778 says:

Me too. It's the camera which lets down this phone for me.

Talbot690 says:

I dont understand... Its Easter Sunday everything's closed how can they have a one day sale and be closed

Can you get it unlocked.

Is it possible to buy, ship and use it in Europe?

Its very possible. Use FedEx to ship to your country OR use USPS to ship it to proxy shipping service (normally their warehouses are situated in New York). The latter one would be little cheaper (if there is such option available for your country).

spinzeroWL says:

Just buy one from the UK. Not much more expensive, and you don't get rumbled for import tax!

majic1 says:

The 520 is a very good phone for the money mine is running 8.1 class my mate has the 920 it is shit this is better every time it might be 512 mb Ram just under 50GB memory quality

spinzeroWL says: are utterly misguided. The 920 has a more powerful processor and double the ram. It is unquestionably the better phone (for many other reasons besides!).
Your friend probably needs to do a hard reset....

el-ojo says:

Man, I just bought one from the MS Store online like at 6AM for 60 bucks. Now, Amazon and BB offer it for fitty. What the heck. My first order on MS Store too. Tried Cancelling it, but unlike most online stores, you have to call. I did that and they said they couldn't cancel it cause it hadn't charged my card...don't even know why that matters. Whenever I order stuff from Amazon, I just go to the site and hit the cancel button. Microsoft just said to call again tomorrow.

Here in Australia you can get the Lumia 520 for free if you buy the Lumia 1520 from Harvey Norman, today only.

jrod2328 says:

Might be a dumb question, but can I just pop in my 920 sim card into this phone, or must you use the SIM card that comes with it?

el-ojo says:

You can swap phones amongst carriers owned by the same company...AIO, GoPhone, ATT. But if you're using it on a different carrier, then no. Example being you using Lumia 920 on T-Mobile. You can NOT use that sim on AT&T branded phones, unless they're unlocked.

spinzeroWL says:

I still don't know why WPCentral are failing to mention the 64GB 1020 being on sale for £160 (after referral rebates) in the UK.
£160!!! No ongoing's the best price ever for sure - yet it I being missed by WPCentral. Ah well :)

John20212 says:

Why don't you say which UK store has that, for that price? Kind of doubt that good a deal.


spinzeroWL says:

I have tipped via the WPCentral app...and I've left numerous comments!

I have two coming - £160 each (with free unlocking!) after £80 of Amazon voucher rebates.
No ongoing contract...

John20212 says:

Thanks for the link will look into that.

Sometimes WPCentral is slow to pick up tips, my guess is they just have a lot of them to get through and can't publish everything.



John20212 says:

After reading through that deal, it seems like way too much hassle to get that, but nice find regardless.


spinzeroWL says:

It really isn't that much hassle :).
1. Sign up for the refer a friend process (anyone can sign up)
2. Click through from the referral email
3. Choose the £13 p/month price plan with the £240 upfront cost
4. Wait for phone delivery
5. Wait for the 30 days to pass - the friend referral is then confirmed (£80 total reward).
6. Cancel contract.

64GB Lumia 1020, in yellow and unlocked for a total of £160 + £13 first month charge.

Lots of people think it's a great was the hottest deal on the website for a full day!

John20212 says:

When summed up like that it does sound simpler; will forward to a friend, since I already have a 1020.


J Ice70 says:

The Lumia 521 is on sale at NewEgg for $59 using promo code CEWK1068, offer ends ends 4/26.

Also you can get the 520 at the Microsoft store for $59 with a free case of an official Nokia backplate(different colors available)

bryanibuan says:

I want those official Nokia back plates.

hp129 says:

NL520 is the best phone till date in this price range! & having wp8.1 beats android too!

mohshehab says:

Can I get the phone unlocked. Is there anyway to unlock it ? I need to quick answer. There isn't much time left for the day

bryanibuan says:

You can have it unlocked by AT&T for free after six months.

I would have gotten this but goin to wait for the 635.

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bryanibuan says:

Hope they would bring that kind of pricing here in the Philippines too, and to the rest of the world of course.

hp129 says:

@Oatmeal Warrior: Go for NL 525 instead of NL 635. But if your preference is dual sim than 635 is a fine choice..

hp129 says:

Are there any means by which we can change RAM of a smartphone just like we do in PC?

Of course not. AFAIK, smartphone components are not designed to be modular, they're fixed to the mainboard.

rahul.sharma says:

Google Project Ara

Dammit!! It's always the ONE day I don't go on WPCentral that there's a sale on 520's! :(

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

No microSD support ? Are you mad?

stevemind says:

Had this a while and its a solid little mobile, WP 8.1 runs smooth as butter.......... My Mrs has S4 and wants to swap........ No thanks