Lumia Black coming soon to the Lumia 521 on T-Mobile

Lumia 521

In January Nokia stated that the Lumia Black firmware update would be available to all in the coming weeks after its initial rollout. That didn’t exactly happen, as we’re still seeing certain regions and handsets lighting up with Lumia Black. For example, just yesterday the Lumia 620 in India received the firmware update. One little handset here in the United States still doesn’t have it. That’d be the Lumia 521, a variant of the Lumia 520 exclusive to T-Mobile. We haven’t heard much about the status of the update, but we do know it’s now listed as ‘coming soon’ on Nokia’s website.

Head on over to the Lumia Black software update page on Nokia’s website. There you’ll see that the status for Lumia Black on the Lumia 521 is now ‘coming soon’. While not as good as ‘available’, it’s much better than the ‘waiting for approval’ status that it has been on the past two months.

What’s this mean in English? We’re probably a few days away from seeing Lumia Black available for the Lumia 521. Keep us posted if you see the update over the next few days.

Source: Nokia Global Support

Thanks for the tip Matt A!


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Lumia Black coming soon to the Lumia 521 on T-Mobile


They might as well waited for WP8.1 but at this speed it will be 2015 until we see that on failed T-Mobile.


Here, here!!! Rat B#$%^&*#$!!!!

I still day dream that they will let it out with WP8.1, if we 810 owners will even get WP8.1 :(

We'll get WP8.1, Microsoft still loves us. T-Mobile is the one that didn't have faith in such a good mid-range phone, and the final decision on firmware updates is up to them. OS updates, like WP8.1, are out of their reach/control.

As an added bonus, if you're signed up for the Dev Preview program you'll be able to get it when everyone else does! :D

+925. I hate how people call me a "troll" for criticizing T-Mobile. It takes time, blah blah blah. If people don't see T-Mobile as half-assing their efforts for Windows Phone, they're either T-Mobile employees or just clueless people.

Nah, I think tmobile is giving windows phone a hard time. Look at the Nokias not getting black or GDR3 without the Devleoper Program. And it's kind of weird how the Nokia 521 which happens to be on Tmobile happens to be one of the last phones to get the Black firmware update. Plus Tmobile only has like 2 windows phones? Tmobile isn't giving the love windows phones deserves. 

Nope. Just.... Nope.

• The only device on T-mobile to not receive black is the 810, an EOLed variant with incompatible firmware.

• Its not weird. Its a carrier variant budget phone sold on a single network in a single country. Nokia has to prioritize. See one of the above comments of mine for more explanation.

• Their device selection isn't their fault. Nokia has a deal with ATT, and their main handsets are exclusive to ATT. In fact, T-mobiles only "exclusive" was the 925, to which Nokia turned around and gave to ATT anyways.

Because the 822 is a device that is still supported by VZW and is compatible with future firmwares. An article i found around the time WPC was swimming in 810 LTE update rumors, I found an article stating the update to the firmware broke the device in carrier testing, which is why it never came. And the 810 is EOL, so TMO and Nokia are under no obligation to build, test, and release updates for it.

I realize that. Forgot to put GDR3 in reference. I was attempting to show how T-Mobile USA is not really supporting WP very well these days.

sign up for the developer program and then you can get it. I don't know why Tmobile wouldn't push this out to HTC 8xs. Kind of sucks you have to sign up for anything to get it though.

What are you two smoking; It's GDR3 [update3] + Nokia Black, so even the 8x should get the MS part of the update regardless of what Nokia includes with it on their phones.

Caling it simply Nokia Black update is a fail on part of WPCentral, since it also includes the bits from MS.



They are probably assuming that if you read this website you are going to be technical enough to be able to sign up for the developer program. In which case you would have had gdr3 for months.

Coming soon!

I remember hearing that as a kid when asking my dad on 600 mile trip from the back seat of our Buick:

When we gonna get there?

I just asked whoever works their support twitter yesterday and those #$%&s never know anything, or let on that they do. Saw this earlier this morning on Nokias support page.

Wow, hard to imagine there are still devices just getting this. Does the developer preview still work for these forgotten ones?

Hopefully Microsoft merges the extra Nokia firmware with mainstream WP after the acquisition goes through. That way after Windows Phone 8.1, we will always get the latest updates via Developer Preview. I am not a developer, just signed up for an App Studio account and done. Must say, this is something at which Microsoft is miles ahead of Apple. For Windows and Windows Phone, you can get the previews free and even do development for free (in case of WP, only one device per MS account for free) - you just have to pay for submitting apps to Store. At Apple, you have to pay $99 for Mac Developer Preview and another $99 for iOS DP.

Probably won't happen. The firmware has to pass through the carriers for testing. Where Microsoft can OTA the OS updates without carrier approval. That's why a lot of people signed up for Devleoper Preview and why a lot of people got GDR3 before Black. I had a feeling Black would be released before wp8.1 did for the 521, which comes out on the developer program next month.

Soooo tempted to try the developers previews. Not sure how many bugs there would be though and if its worth the headaches.

Despite those who say it has bugs, you'll get the same GDR3 version that other phones have officially. Any bugs they mention are imagined, in the final version, or because they haven't downloaded the latest update,

Good News to all you Nokia Lumia 521ers, were going Black! I just got the update and it is downloading as we speak. As promised it uses much battery and time there are six steps, there will be an update shortly to see what we acttually get out of this update!!