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

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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).

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 :) 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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)

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)

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...

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

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.

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

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.

This.

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!

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.

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..

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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...

No contract, period. Stop bitching when u have no idea..how 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....now 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 2015.....here 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.

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!

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.

 

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.  

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).

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

Sorry...you 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....

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.

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?

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.

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 contract....it's the best price ever for sure - yet it I being missed by WPCentral. Ah well :)

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.

 

 

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 deal...it was the hottest deal on the website for a full day!

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)

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

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

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