AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 to have only 16GB of storage? Say it ain't so!

It looks as if the cannibalization of the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone hasn't stopped. First you have the omission of the built in wireless Qi charging. Now it appears as if the Lumia 1520's internal storage will be 16GB instead of 32GB that was noted during Nokia World.

Specs for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 at Windowsphone.com (opens in new tab) and at Nokia's U.S. product page for the Lumia 1520 lists the storage as being only 16GB. The only saving grace is that it is noted that the Lumia 1520 will have expandable memory (micro-SD card slot) up to 64GB.

We aren't sure as to why AT&T has chosen to reduce the on-board storage, just as it is a mystery that they would drop the internal Qi charging.  There's still a chance that this could be a typo but for the specification to show up on both websites makes this unlikely.

One can only hope that the storage reduction will translate to a lower pricing point for the Lumia 1520 otherwise, it's another case where the customers are getting the raw end of the deal and could effect Lumia 1520 sales.

Thanks, jholso, for the tip!

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

454 Comments
  • F*ck AT&T.
  • True. As if delaying GDR2 wasn't obvious enough to push people toward Iphones. Now they're using storage size
  • It's not even that. It's that they just want you to buy new phones, period. They make more money that way keeping you locked in there ecosystem. 
  • By neutering the new phones (16GB 925, now 16GB 1520), they're not making me want to buy a new phone at all.
  • I have a 1020, and I would take a 16GB with expansion slot over 32gb without any day. I dont think it's a bad trade off, being able to install a 64GB MicroSD card is way more effective than what the 1020 offers in fixed storage.
  • The issue is that the 1520 originally comes with 32GB AND SD expansion up to 64GB. There isn't a trade off with the ATT 1520....it is nothing but a loss for the consumer and I will be SUPER surprised if ATT passes the savings to the customer. I am assuming it will be priced at $299. If the cut in storage brings the 1520 down to $199 then that is easier to digest. Lowering the price is the LEAST ATT can do considering we would be getting a device that has been reduced from its original specifications.
  • It had better be 199 if this is what Att did to this phone.
  • After they're done gimping this phone it better be $450 off-contract. What's up Verizon or TMO might be time to find a new carrier.
  • Take a look at the price you'd pay with T-Mobile. They lack the phone selection, but it is so much ridiculously cheaper that it is worth it to me. I am tired of AT&T's anti-consumer business practices (not so much the GDR2, but their prices and suspicious charges). You _do_ end up paying out of contract pricing for AT&T exclusive phones (via Rogers in Canada, which does not disable the T-Mobile compatible frequencies unlike AT&T). If you want a phone supported directly by T-Mobile, then they will subsidize the price, but they won't hide it from you _and_ you actually stop paying once it's paid off, unlike Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, where the "subsidized" price continues forever even after your contract is up.
  • Except for things that can't go on the storage card, like apps, I agree with your point, but at this point why not say f it and give 32GB plus the storage card slot :/
  • dude go f... yourself not everyone wants what you want. Im pissed that a dog s..t company like att never seems to never give people the option to chose from what is fully available. Not everyone thinks the same and want the same things... People should have the right to chose what they want from what is available...
    If people have the balls they should boycot att for two momths, let them see how it would feel if their bottom line is affected... a..holes.
     
  • I agree that starting a Boycott campaign is the only way that will make AT&T/Nokia to listen.  We should demand the following:
    1.  We want not only 32GB but also a 64GB version.
    2.  We want inbuilt wireless charging with L1520
    3.  We want an end to the AT&T exclusivity permanently
    Enough is enough.
  • I complete agree with you, all points.
  • Most people are in contracts and I doubt they will be able to boycott anything lol. Anyway my contract is up, so I will consider my next phone carefully I don't think there is a place for 16gb phones in 2013. However the bulk of what takes up my space is music and podcast most of my photos are on my unlimited skydrive data package. All of which can go on to an SD card, so what this will come down to is the price of the device if it is $200 then I will buy one if it is $300 this will give me cause to reconsider, but the unfortunate truth is as long as this device remains exclusive to ATT I won't have much of an option to move to another carrier.. >_>
  • No joke. All these people can do is bitch, bitch, bitch.
  • Surprised AT&T didn't offer a 32GB 925 just for the jab at TMoUS. Instead, they jabbed their customers by charging double for the upfront cost. But they are AT&T, so they can get away with it.
  • Yeah, not going back to 16GB and no wireless charging no deal.
  • I WILL NEVER BE PUSHED TOWARD AN APPLE PRODUCT PERIOD!!!
  • Same here. I hate google, but I'd get a note 3 before I fumble out with a lame I crap.
  • Maybe they are just trying to save on the weight of the phone.
  • And I thought we suck for not having carrier plans and subsidies like USA :P
  • You don't want the USA system. The device price is initially less but the contract prices are fricking ridiculous.
  • Then choose to buy them outright... Simply solution.
  • I don't have $700 out of pocket, on the "device" line of my budget. I'm American, but I'm not rich. :)
  • Then get a contract... Its simply folks.
  • Seriously? Americans can't afford anymore credit debt, which is what post-paid is essentially. I'm rocking a 1020 (paid for) on at&t gophone $60 a month plan and always get a discount on service cards thru eBay, usually 10% at least. If you can't afford a 1020 get a 520 and be happy, its a great phone, my wife loves it!!
  • +1
  • what do you mean by, "Service cards thru ebay"?
  • lolol.
  • I think a $700 credit card debt is cheaper than paying subsidies to the carrier. But factor in when you buy the phone youre going to pay 100 to 200 already so you're really using credit of $500 dollars.
  • You forget your using their service which costs money.... Say you pay $80/month and $20/month of that goes directly to paying for the phone.... That amounts to ONLY $480 over the two years and you are paying $2/day for service... Which works out to be 4 calls on a payphone a day...
  • No bro, you can use similiar prepaid services such as ATT prepaid, Straight talk, AIO, H2o wireless just to name a few at $50 or less. There's no contract and usually is a flat price with tax included. So there is a $30 differences plus any activation or upgrade fee that isn't included. You're paying way over $700 for the course of 2 years.
  • $720... What is the cost of the Lumia 1020 available for $0?
  • Granted there are some expections, but the 1020s at the at&t stores are $199 with contract. If you can get it for $0 that's great and probably make sense to sign a contract. But in my case it's not worth it. Straight talk is about $41 a month for me. Savings of $937 instead of going with At&t. So even if I buy a Lumia 1020 at $650 out of contract it's still way cheaper.
  • Yeah, but you don't get 4G LTE with those services.
  • Yes, you do, started in August...I have StraightTalk 4G LTE with a AT&T compatible micro SIM running in my AT&T Nokia Lumia 920...you have to order online at StraightTalk...the $41.00 price point is if you pay for unlimited everything for one year...$495.00 + tax = $543...and no cell phone bill for 12 months...it takes some work...just start off with $45.00 a month until you can scrimp and save for the yearly plan...but it's worth it...then you have 12 months to come up with your next payment...it's not anything but being smart about what you are doing, being patient and working towards a goal that will only benefit you in the long run.
  • You pay the subsidies to the carrier regardless. However, you can't really generalize credit card debt, because the fees and interest rates vary widely. I assure you that if his credit card is anything like Capitol One, the credit card debt is going to be more expensive. 
  • Yeah, I can't generalize credit card debts, but i factored the rates to be 20%, of course this will vary depending on your credit card interest rates. In the course 24 months youre paying about $150 in interest. Still cheaper in my opinion. Also you can pay it off sooner to reduce the interest rate. I still think buying youre phone outright and doing prepaid is the cheapest solution. Carriers dont subsidies phones for free they do it to make money.
  • Guess what what-here in the US you pay subsidies whether or not not you buy phone at full price. You are not gaining anything.
  • That's why you go At&t prepaid or use a Att MVNO provide which is nearly half the cost.
  • Not with a 4 line family plan.
  • Consider T-Mobile.
  • It's not like the contracts are any cheaper if you do :P
  • Choose a carrier who does...
  • ...and then I'd be sacrificing coverage area/signal strength. In my area anyway.
  • *Wipes eyes* Oh no!
  • That may not seem like a big deal to you, but having service on my phone is a pretty big deal to me.
    It seems asinine to me to choose an inferior product just to save a few bucks a month.
  • Then sign a contract... Stop bitching about the costs because the product is obviously worth the money you pay because you can live with saving money and less of a product.
  • Who's bitching? Not me.
    Maybe you should stop copy pasting responses.
    I'm just explaining to YOU why YOUR suggestions aren't feasible for everyone.
  • I'm saying don't bitch because you don't like paying for stuff you use. You have options but don't like the tradeoffs. I copy and paste my responses because the arguments are always ridiculously stupid. "I don't want to pay so much, but I will only accept the best."
    EDIT: I don't mean you specifically are but everyone always bitches about AT&T and Verizon on every fucking article.
  • And why shouldn't everyone bitch? Putting pressure on companies to make positive changes is not exactly a bad thing. Just because he uses the product doesn't mean he should stay quiet and pretend to be satisfied. How exactly does your strategy benefit the consumer?
  • Bitches without a valid point doesn't work and just discredits consumers as "uninformed". Naturally prices will remain in check because of competition due to basic economics.
  • NO G*d damn it... I want a Ferrarri, I want it to have twice the size of a normal gas tank, and I'll be driving it on dirt roads 90% of the time and since I can't have all 3 of these things in one product, I should whine about it.
     
     
    /s
  • That's a terrible analogy.
  • It's an extreme trying to stress a point I believe.
  • Jeremy Clarkson, is that you?
  • We know it isn't Hammond otherwise we would have a Porsche analogy.
  • Don't they make a Lamborghini like that? lol
  • The analogy would make sense if he was asking for something extreme. However, you have to be out of your mind if you think carrier plans and pricing don't deserve criticism. 
  • It deserves criticism but what consumers do it just whine about cost or not getting enough for free... People don't like paying for something they have already used.
  • No sacrifice...StraightTalk and Net10 run on the same AT&T network and T-Mobile network...same coverage area! They rent the networks from AT&T and T-Mobile...but don't have to pay for building and maintaining the networks and their towers...hence, the cheaper price!
  • Just buy the phone outright and go with a (AT&T or TMo) MVNO  for the plan. It's very simple.
  • +1
  • The only problem with that is you are still stuck with a monthly price that has you paying for a new phone every two years, so if you buy your own at full price, it in effect costs double. Golden handcuffs are still handcuffs.
  • Choose a different carrier who does...
  • Name one with with above average coverage and a healthy selection of phones.  I think that limites you to Verizon and AT&T which both keep on charging the higher rate even if you buy your own device. It's "simply" financially advantageous to buy on contract with those carriers because your monthly price is still the same. 
  • So then sign a contract and don't bitch... Either: Save money and have a lesser product or pay more for a better product and receive a better product... Stop trying to have your cake and eat it to.
  • Who the hell are YOU? People are having a conversation and you think you've got the world figured out and it's all so "simply". 
  • I'M a person who is tired of wireless customers complaining all the time... I don't claim to have the world figured out (especially considering I can't figure out AT&T's customer's ramblings) but I do understand a simply principle... Don't like paying for something? Don't use the services provided.
  • The problem is that it's not "simply".  It's much more complex than that.  If I want a cutting edge device with a 41mp camera on it and I live in the United States, I'm stuck with a choice of one.  That choice is AT&T.  It is a valid complaint that if AT&T is a horrible partner as evidenced by their delayed updates and stripping of features (DataSense) and taking features away from phones (wireless charging) then there is a dilemma to discuss.  People will choose the device.  In this scenario, it will be AT&T and the rational mind will take the contract to get the lower up front cost, even if they have the cash to pay retail.  AT&T (and Verizon) will continue to charge the bloated price even if you are not enjoying the benefits of the aforementioned subsidy.  I consider this price gouging in a market scenario that limits choice if you want a higher end device. As to your latest point, people complain about EVERYTHING online.  Even when we get something that they've been complaining about, they have to complain that it took too long.  If you're issue is REALLY people complaining, you might want to cancel your Internet connection.  In THIS case, carriers (ALL OF THEM) are really the weak link, ruining the wireless experience. 
  • Im in total agreement with you! well sort of...
  • Why does everyone keep talking about AT&T delaying updates? Is there any proof of this. Even if there was, I be willing to bet it's because of all the bricked Nokias they'll get back.
    I was reading an article on CNET about that. How a friend of the writers had gone through 4 Lumia 920s and he dealt with it in a good way. Me, it only took one Lumia for me to say ADIOS!
    Obviously AT&T and VERIZON have better service and coverage. Hence, you get what you pay for.
  • You say "adios", but are still here? Hmmm...something sounds fishy. Anyway, I had the original Samsung Focus and LOTS of people will testify that after an update there was a "vanishing keyboard" bug that Microsoft quickly put a fix out. Guess which carrier never released the fix? AT&T. I think they were the ONLY carrier not to release it. The only reason I got from countless time on the phone was that "AT&T doesn't like to put out small updates". I was like "even one that fixes a bug that cripples the phone?". I threatened small claims court, so they sent me a new device. They KNEW they were wrong! They KNEW they were holding up an important update, but they don't care. With GDR2/Amber, they were really late. Nokia had said that Lumia 920 would be the first to get it...they had it ready and other carriers put it out. I highly doubt that the "premiere carrier" didn't have access to the bits. My guess is that they took time to strip out DataSense, which is just ANOTHER example of them holding back and update/feature. As for the service/coverage, we are still getting less than what we pay for because they continue to charge bloated pricing plans for people who buy phones w/out subsidy. You can keep defending them if you want, but there are a lot of people who know better and know that something needs to change in our system or the oligopy will continue to stifle innovation and progress.
  • What wireless provider do you work for anyway?
     
  • None
  • It's a bit ironic that you're that making this simple principle go somewhere else argument, when you're doing the exact opposite. You don't like people complaining about wireless services, yet you choose to post extensively in the comments for a story that complains about a carrier. A lot of people don't really have a choice. It's one bad deal or another. You do have a choice though, and you decided to immerse yourself in a conversion that you claim you  hate. If anyone lacks common sense, it's you.
  • Hahaha, personal attacks are wonderful. Hopeless. :) Have a wonderful day douchebag!
  • I pointed out for very good reason that you were being hypocritical and weren't taking your own advice. You're the one name calling for no good reason.
  • Well done I say, well done!
  • You can USE AT&T phones and AT&T network on aio Wireless.  BYOP.
     
  • Thank you for explaining this-people not from the US just don't get how it works here.
  • If the "Jump" (Tmobile) & "Next" (ATT) are all crap as they add an additional $20-$25 per/month for 20-22 months which calculates to roughly $480 in that time span unless you continually upgrade which puts you in an ifinite loop like an unpaid credit card.
  • So then if it doesn't make financial sense... Don't do it.
  • Renting furniture doesn't make sense but people do it... Its an option.
  • Actually, T-Mobile JUMP is $10, and doubles as insurance (something which is seperate and costs extra on other carriers)
  • Except, you can sell your previous phone to buy the new one. It defers the new phone cost significantly!
  • Exactly!
  • The non-branded versions don't fully support our networks (wrong frequencies) and buying them outright doesn't save you money on your monthly plan, they cost the same. There are a few options which do cost less but they're inferior networks. 
  • Who says it doesn't save any money.. I call att and get $25 off per month each quarter. This means I am under no contract, pay $10 a month for unlimited data and have the freedom to go wherever I want if att does not provide any more discounts. Love the unlocked Nokia Phones.
  • I've never been offered anything like that nor have I heard of anyone who has. The only monthly discount I've seen is the 6 months free texting plan or $10 off texting plan permanently. I have the $10 permanently one but that has nothing to do with whether I'm in contract or not. It STILL costs me the same per month whether I take or leave the upgrade.
  • They are not inferior networks StraightTalk AT&T compatible SIM runs on AT&T's network...same speed and coverage...I'm from and in America- I was born here...and I understand exactly how the American cell system works and their dominance by Carriers...but to claim that there aren't options is ignorance at best...just say that you are too lazy to do the research, as well as, wanting to live beyond your means.
  • MVNOs don't allow roaming. Great if you never leave major metropolitan areas, but not otherwise. 
  • Not true again...my phone is from South Carolina...I travel all over the US and I never had a problem...I'm in Oklahoma right now...nothing around here...I gotten service everywhere...and now got great LTE....suck it AT&T
  • Except that doesn't change your monthly spend. AT&T and Verizon don't offer different prices if you buy an unsubsidized phone anymore.
  • +1520
  • Ralph de la Vega, is that you?
  • Why would someone do that if their service provider won't give them a discount on service if they do that? 75% of the time in the US consumers have zero incentive to buy the device outright.
  • That would work except the monthly price does NOT go down becuase you buy it outright.