Lumia 1525 said to be coming to T-Mobile, possibly to fill high-end void

File this one under rumor, with little else to go on, but @evleaks is reporting that T-Mobile is getting the Lumia 1525.

What is the Lumia 1525? That's a good question but no details were given in the diminutive tweet. It should seem obvious at this point that a 1525 would be a variant of the 6-inch 1080P Lumia 1520 that has been on the market for months now.

Seeing as the Lumia 1520 is exclusive to AT&T in the US, T-Mobile may be exercising their prerogative of getting their own exclusive version to differentiate themselves. Everything from a slightly redesigned body to more (or less) features are on the table, though if the rumor holds accurate, a six inch phablet Windows Phone should be gracing the budget friendly T-Mobile service.

Unfortunately, no time frame was given either for this Lumia 1525.

T-Mobile is no stranger to Nokia, often taking their own exclusive devices in the past e.g. the Lumia 810 and Lumia 521. T-Mobile has also taken off-the-shelf versions of the Lumias, including the Lumia 710 and Lumia 925.

Speaking of the Lumia 925, T-Mobile has recently halted new sales of that device, only offering refurbished ones instead. They have also announced the Lumia 635 as a new budget friendly Lumia, but that leaves a high-end Windows Phone missing from their lineup. Could the Lumia 1525 fill that void? We have not heard of a Lumia 1525 in the works from our sources, but anything is possible in these fast times. We'll just have to wait and see.

Source: @evleaks


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Lumia 1525 said to be coming to T-Mobile, possibly to fill high-end void



You can already get a version 1520.3 RM 938 that supports all the Wind stuff, Bell stuff, Rogers stuff, Telus stuff including the new 700 mHz LTE bands that are starting to roll out.

Speak for yourself dude. After using my note 3 my ATIV S 4.8 screen looks puny. There's just as many who want a 6 inch as a 5 inch.

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That's what she said.

And to actually contribute to the discussion, after holding the 1520 I agree. I preferred the size of the smaller devices like the HTC 8X and the Lumia Icon, but the thin profile of the 1520 makes it not seem overly large but comfortable.

My perfect device would be a slightly thinner Icon/930 and a slightly larger screen made possible by a thinner bezel. Updated innards of course.

Absolutely! The Lumia 1520 is the best phone I have ever used! A high end Windows phone has been missing from the T-Mobile line up for too long. That doesn't mean there isn't room for a mid range too!

Just remember the 930 doesn't have an SD expansion slot but the 1520 does. To me that's very important since I don't have to rely on the slow OneDrive to watch my videos.

Not good news! Every new phone that comes on market is either 5 or 6 inches. Any rumours about upcoming high spec phones under 4.5 inches? They forgot about us..

The trend has been increasing screen size. Yes, you are left behind...for now. The pendulum will swing back the other way.

All these people crying phones are too big. Some of us been waiting 7 years for phones big enough to actually use. This 1520 was the first I could really text on ever. I hope the pendulum never swings back.

Good news but the screen is too big to keep the phone in pocket. Really need a 5" like the 930.

Dude you can have both without excluding the other. Many people want a 6" display. That doesn't mean they wouldn't want you to get what you want.

How can I have both when they don't have the 930?  Not too happy about this.  Verizon is the exclusive carrier and they don't care about WP.  Most of the stores don't even have dummy demos.

Dear Dan: What are the chances that the 1525 is just a 6" 930/Icon? Or will they reserve that boxy design for 1530?

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Wlakin into walls like Stevie Wunnannunna

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What about those who travel back and forth between Canada and the U.S. and want to use a prepaid SIM when visiting the other country? Millions dp this every day between Canada and the U.S. We have the largest trading and travel relationship, along the longest undefended border, in the world! I want a dual-SIM Lumia with at least HSPA on North American frequencies for this.

With T-Mobile, you don't need dual SIM. You get unlimited data and texts in 100+ countries for no extra charge, including Canada.

Get what suits you when you're ready to buy. No use regretting the purchase of such a great device. Plus, the +5 feature or spec bump won't be earth shattering.

I'm currently using the iPhone 5S on T-Mobile with JUMP but decided to get this 1520 as I missed Windows Phone after upgrading my 925 to the 5S. I would have gone with another Windows Phone, but no new high end ones were available. This 1525 is a little tempting as I want to go back to one device, but I'll just wait for McClaren which supposedly comes out in November with 41MP and 3D touch!

Don't feel stupid for using an actual phone vs waiting for a rumored one.... You won't ever have one if you hold off due to rumors of upcoming phones. :P

I can agree with that statement Rogers was supposed to get the att spec dvp but dropped it because of their idea to start supporting lte even though most areas had yet to support that & had crappy hspa coverage(& still does if you have the wrong phone)

I don't think that's anything to worry about. They clearly have something in the works so they decided not to purchase more units from Nokia. Current customers can still get the 925 refurbs for $150.

Login to your account and shop refurbished devices. It's $150 for current customers and $200 for new customers.

Mine just arrived yesterday in the mail, make sure you are logged in with an account on a t-mobile plan (i have the simple choice plan)

Been waiting too long.  925 wasn't even that good.  16gb sucks.  T-mobile needs a high end phone like the 930 for once.  Currenlty using the 1020 on tmobile but it's always anoying getting things to work like mms not to mention wifi calling. MSFT\Nokia never should have given exclusive rights to verizon.  That's a suicide mission for the device. 

I wish they would have picked up the 930 and sold the 1525 asking with it. Two high end Windows Phone rather than one

Yeah, 930 perfect size at 5". Could be lighter though. 630 too cheap, no front camera... 1520 too big.

I was hoping for an end to carrier exclusive variants. Maybe this will be the last of them and then McLaren will be the first step in the right direction. I think I'll wait for McLaren to upgrade my 925 to instead of this 1525.

Why keeps x25 series if x30 series already there? X25 is just a refreshment, not a true successor. Just like 920 to 925

It's a variant of the 1520 that is unlocked that works on T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands. 32GB of storage and wireless charging built in.

And not covered under warranty by Nokia/Microsoft if you live in the U.S.

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It does not. I bought the 1520.3 from Negri, screen started to performing actions on its own. No luck with Nokia US, luckily I purchased a 2 yr Mack Warranty. The digitizer was replaced and my phone hasn't a problem since.

I think AT&T is going to release the green one no one knows when. The orange one is up in the air I guess, that's the one I want lol!

They should just take the 1520.3 and put WP8.1 in it and call it 1530. That way, they'll have one up over AT&T's exlcusive 1520.

Tmobile hell yea! Good news for all. Smart choice from Nokia/Microsoft. Having the exclusivity for the higher end phones in the end just hurts them.

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I've been using my 1520 on T Mobile for months now. Seems ridiculous to have this device just coming out now when you could just buy your own already for the last six months.

The variant for full compatibility has only been available for 3 months. A lot of areas couldn't use the ATT variant.

Its not ridiculous....some people dont have the money to drop 600 plus on an off contract phone... Not to mention... Its not covered by the jump program if you loose it or damage it...good luck replacing it.. Besides the fact that Tmo cant officially support a phone that's not theirs so it makes total sense for tmo to get this...

Exactly. I don't understand why it's so hard for people to understand that not everyone has piles of cash to throw away on every gadget.

doesnt work out like that.  AT&T likes to put a gun to companies head.  Us first or no deal kind of thing.

Sadly at&t has everyone by the balls. Nokia still gets money from this, but it still alienates other consumers. That's why they release a different look and name (#) of the device in order to put out on other carriers. But at&t lags everyone else. This is why I left at&t. People need to know this so they can stop this bullshjt.

two things: does this have qi wireless charging and, better camera than 920?


oh and also does it come in red ;)

Oh man do I want this to come to tmobile..I just get an 1520 yellow and my buddy on at&t got it unlocked.

BUT....please have Qi Charging..the Camera is good enough for me..fingers,legs,eyeballs..crossed..LOL

I've yet to give up my 920, because of the 32 GB internal storage and qi charging. If T-Mobile gets the 1525, I'd love if they had a 32 GB model at launch!
Just slap a T-Mobile logo on a 1520.3 and call it a day.
I'd rather have a 930 variant, but this should suffice. If push comes to above, I'll just get one from Newegg or Negri.

Yes, they should absolutely just take the 1520.3 and put in WP8.1 into it, and call it 1525 or better still 1530!

Hmm this would make me JUMP off my note 3. Hopefully it'll have a charging cord like the note 3 for super fast charging. A amelod screen would be nice too.

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Nice, I picked up an unlocked 1520 RM-938...best phone I ever used. 8.1 makes this so clean, Cortana is accurate and great network speeds. Thankfully this rumor is likely true; my nephew will get this.

I have the AT&T version (RM-940 unlocked obviously) and it works perfectly on T-Mobile getting near 30mps download speeds on LTE and 6mps on 4G(HSPA+21). No 3G, just Edge, when I have no good signal, but that's a rarity where I live. 

Just picked up a refurb 925 from T-Mobile for $150 though, since the 1520 really is a bit to big to haul around. Consider $150 pretty damn good deal for a 925. 

JUMP isn't that great since you have to pay off 50%.  Better to pay full price and just sell the phone to make up the difference usually. 

It is better if you have the old jump with no minimum requirements other than 2 per year and wait 6 months for the first trade in.  It's usually more for people who use android since there are more devices available, apple is once per year, and who knows how often windows phones will be added. 

Your right man. I think i can make at least $140 off my Lumia 925 but we'll see. I've been waiting for something like this from T-Mobile and it's about damn time.


I hope we get a Windows Phone phablet here in Canada.  My dream still is a highend WP phablet with stylus to take full advantage of OneNote.  Maybe a 41MP shooter on it too!  :D

One can always hope!  But seriously, I'd find it odd if MS doesn't bring a stylus enabled phablet, seeing how they're pushing OneNote on SP3.

How come high end windows phones only come in 15 inches in length? And are Gargantua in size?
Windows OEM'S are doing a very poor job at providing a high end selection. AKA 9**.

You must be one of those people who need the fastest chip, the most pixles and ram. Moto x is a pleasure to use. This abomination 1525 is bulky ugly awkward heavy and the software needs to catch up in a big way. But your right it has a faster processor. You win

Lumia line.
Low end phones:
520 525 521 620 625 630/5
Mid range:
720 820 822 810 1320
920 925 928
High end:
930 1020 1520

Flagships are 1020 1520 and 930

I JUST bought an unlocked Lumia 1520, because Tmobile doesn't carry anything new on the high-end (still waiting for the nano sim card from TMobile to arrive in the mail).  If I knew about this, I would have held off.  This is my 3rd day with the device.  Quite impressive.    

I just got mine after holding off for a bit..And I love it..yellow 1520.(unlocked on Tmobile..getting lte in my area)  :D

Same here, just orderd a 1520 from newegg and monday I'll get my baby :) but, shoot! Maybe 1525 has some better specifications :/

Lets just hope its not gimped like the att version. Good if it turns out to be true (and non gimped) but personally I'll be waiting for another 41MP or better camera.

Well my dream phone is:
20 mp camera
Quad core 2,6 ghz
2 gb ram
WP 8.1 in the box
SD card slot
4000 mah battery
4,3 inch screen.

Newegg was selling the 1520.3 over the weekend unlocked for $525. Usually tmo os more expensive. But its good for in store exposure

They have partnerships with HSN selling them cheaper.  T-mobile selling the 635 for $7 a month 168 after paid off.  HSN selling for $120.  Microsoft store selling for $129. It will be $99 at metro pcs though. 

Wow, this is awesome news if true! I personally don't have interest in getting a phablet, but my friend has talked about wanting a 1520 or 1320; this 1525 would be perfect! I hope it comes with 32GB of storage (though doubtful on T-Mo) and the normal Qi like the global version has. Very nice.

I love this news, but I'm still happy with my 925... Has everything I need. LTE, dual flash, good camera, front camera, 1 GB ram.... Idk and screen size is perfect for me

I have the Icon, its nice but love my 1520 more. It will be nice to have wi-fi calling and internet sharing back (I'm using an unlocked 1520 on TMobile)

This will likely get me to switch from AT&T this year, especially if it has Qi charging and WiFi calling. Either this or I'll be buying the RM-938 Lumia 1520. But on a side note: Microsoft/Nokia needs to bring back CYAN Lumias!!

If Nokia Lumia 1525 will be Like Nokia Lumia 925 Polycarbonate and metallic body than I'll buy it on first day of release

Hopefully this is true, getting tired of the earpiece, radio and overheating/battery issues on my current 925.

Lol it's funny that people are complaining already that it isn't the 930. How about being happy that that Windows phone desert carrier is getting a new WP period. Should've throwing a party really. I have the 1520 now did I want a huge phone no but you get what's best on your carrier at the time of your upgrade.

Cool but what if this is a version with McLaren type features but with a 5.5 inch screen instead. My guess it wouldn't be released until around October with the release of 8.1 update 1 on windows phone

Please please please let this be true. This 925 doesn't seem the same after the 8.1 update. Has stutters and way too many resuming.... And loading... Screens

This is freaking AWESOME! Was gonna actually leave Tmo to go to Cricket for the 1320. My patience has been restored,,,,, Tmo don't you screw this up for me.

I'm just waiting for all the latest and greatest, specifically on AT&T. Rockin' a Lumia 520 at the moment.