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The $99 Nokia Lumia 520 now available as an AT&T GoPhone

The Lumia 520 has been making waves all over the globe. It’s doing incredibly well in most markets you can grab it. In fact according to some statistics it is the most popular Windows Phone.

Here in the United States we have T-Mobile carrying a variant called the Lumia 521. Not to be outdone, you can now get the Lumia 520 as a prepaid phone on AT&T’s GoPhone.

When we reviewed the Lumia 520 we told you guys to take it seriously since it’s a superb phone, especially when you consider the price. Over at AT&T you can get it for $99 straight up. No, you’re not reading that wrong, the phone goes for just 99 dollars. Which is pretty stellar when you consider the phones the Lumia 520 is going up against.

So is the $99 price for the Lumia 520 going to help grow the number of Windows Phone devices out there? We hope so, and so does Microsoft.

Source: GoPhone (opens in new tab), Via: WMPU

79 Comments
  • That's a pretty awesome deal! Kudos to Nokia!
  • Its a nice phone. I'm starting to see people with it around NYC. Go Nokia!!!
  • It's not for me, but I know lots of people want a cheap phone, and I'm glad to see Nokia filling in all the spaces in the spectrum. Awesome!
  • I like the high end phones also but the 520 gives you a good experience with WP8 I was surprised. It looks cool too.
  • When a cousin who lives next house to me said she bought an unlocked Lumia 520 at such a cheap price, I fully expected it to perform poorly. But was surprised it actually is very capable and works great! It also feels good in the hand! Kudos to Nokia for this delightful phone!
  • Hey man, you're from the Philippines am I right? it's so nice to see that we, Nokia(WP) fans are increasing slowly but surely. I'm planning to buy a Lumia 520 as a gift to my brother. hehe
  • Mabuhay, Kababayan! :)
  • Yeah. It's nice to be unique among the sea of androids around us. :)
  • Another pinoy here...happy to know a bunch of wp users.. And yes we are growing strong!
  • I shipped nokia lumia 520 (at&t) to the philippines. Is Nokia lumia 520 (AT&T) will work in the Philippines?
  • I shipped nokia lumia 520 (at&t) to the philippines. Is Nokia lumia 520 (AT&T) will work in the Philippines?
  • So... As I feared, it looks like you have to sign up for a plan. Everyone said you don't, but it says it's required.
  • It is slightly misleading as I believe you have to sign up for at least one month of service.  So, the phone is essentially $125 and it's a bit aggitating that it's continuing to be marketed as "$99".
  • So we can't buy it and use it on post paid without purchasing a prepaid account first?
  • True. Wouldn't be the first time a company pulls something like this. However an extra $25 for service seems reasonable...
  • You only need a "plan" if you are going to be activating the SIM that is included in the box.  If you already have a AT&T SIM, you can just plop it in and go.  I believe the website only works on the assumption that the included SIM will be activated thus you can't get past the "plan is required" thing, but if you just go to a AT&T store you can purchase the phone package there.
  • Thank you.  That makes more sense.  I went online to buy it and was only given the option to add a plan.  Thanks!
  • Remember. It's at&t. Greedy.
  • How is AT&T greedy for wanting you to buy a plan for the phone your buying? That's what they sell is their services, they don't make money on the sale of phones, they make money on minutes and data usage...
  • That's only if you order online. If you walked into my store and said I want it, I'll sell it without plan if you already have AT&T service.
  • Can you get a 520 variant unlocked from any US carriers?
  • No other colors available except black. grr I will buy 520 and move my number from my old 900 *i think it will still me an upgrade* :)
  • I thought the 520 had interchangeable back covers.
  • Last time my friend and i checked (2 months ago give or take) they were hard to come by. This might have changed.
  • http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Replacement-Housing-Battery-Back-Cover-Rear-Case-For-Nokia-Lumia-520-/111058479526?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item19db99e9a6
     
    enjoy..
     
    only for 521 there is no where to go.
  • I looked for it online.. couldn't find any. Post a link if you do. Update: I think I found some in ebay
  • The T-Mobile version is white.. Looks badass imo.. At least the att 520 can use the same battery covers as all 520's though. The 521 dimensions are off by a bit
  • 100$ dollar phone never looked so sexy! ;)
  • +1
  • $200 if you live in Canada thanks to our ripoff telco companies here.
  • For that price, I'm going to snag one of these just to keep in the car as my media / GPS / etc device :D
    If ever needed, it's a nice backup phone in a pinch too!
  • Excellent idea.  With Nokia Drive, you can pre-download maps, etc.  Connect it to WiFi to get the maps of your area, and it makes a much better TomTom and/or Garmin.  $100 GPS with better software, a true OS and a backup phone to boot. 
  • IMO, a dedicated GPS is still better than Nokia Drive. Don't get me wrong, it's great in a pinch, but until it gets things like lane assist and proper HOV lane handling, it won't replace my TomTom.
  • I am hopeing Nokia brings the dedicated GPS features to their Navigation app. It would be geat if my Lumia could completely replace my Garmin car GPS.
     
  • So how do we go about using this on a postpaid account? Buy the phone with one month worth of $25 service and then just put my current sim card in it?
  • I heard that with go phone once you put the sim card in the Sim card is locked to that phone for 6 months. But i am not sure. It's been awhile since i used Gophone.
  • Don't put in the sim that came with it. Use the one you have directly.
  • Just buy it without activation I'd assume
  • The 520/521 is the best value of any smart phone, by far. WP8 is silky smooth on it, you're getting 99% of the WP8 apps, full fledged Here Drive GPS service (not international), Nokia Music, interchangeable skins, batteries, expandable memory, etc.; it's a steal!
  • +1
  • Yeah, I wanted to get my wife the 925 when it finally hit T-Mobile. But I had a hard time justifying the extra cost over the $150 521. Then when hsn had that crazy $80 sale (using the coupon) it was a no brainer. So now she has a 521 and loves it. Since she uses the light theme, you don't even notice the lack of clear black display which I've become very used to on my 920.
  • One great thing about this is since there is no carrier branding on the front but only on the back one can get an unbranded back cover and replace it. Also since 520 is a global phone and Nokia :D, it can be flashed to an unbranded international rom to remove att's branding
  • I'll be getting my daughter one and an extra one as an emergency phone to have.
  • Picked a 521 up for my daughter. She's in love! Great phone.
  • Sweet deal.
  • locked carrier branded rubbish
  • Hope this sell like HotCakes!!!!!
  • Nice! Would be a great idea to use this as a back-up phone.
  • I have a neighbor who has the 521, it made my day, and in other news....no new Xbox live game? :(
  • Does anyone know if it comes unlocked? If its locked will ATT unlock it?
  • Anyone??
  • Would like to know this too? Anyone?
  • Most likely it will not be unlocked. AT&T's policy is not to unlock GoPhone devices. Call customer care for verification, though.
  • Flood the market like Android did in the begining 
  • Except cheap WP's are a pleasure to use unlike Android's...
  • Absolutely correct! Bought a cheap back-up Android phone before when I was still in Android, I felt like throwing it on the wall! My neighbour's unlocked and cheap 520 on the other-hand, performs like a premium phone!
  • So if I buy this and put my wife's existing flipphone AT&T sim in will I be required to buy a dataplan?
  • If you're transplanting the SIM, maybe not. Does she intend on using data? If not, that function can always be left off.
  • Yes, they will probably add it on automatically. What you CAN do is get a data block put on the line first. That seems to prevent them from auto attaching a data plan.
  • Or I think you can just turn off cellular data connection, that way data only works on wifi
  • You can do that to keep from using data, but they're still going to add a data plan to your phone when they pick up that you've got a smartphone, whether you want it or use it or not. 
  • Crap... Really? I was going to buy this for my mom so she could have a decent camera and play games over Wi-Fi. She uses a voice-only pay as you go plan that's like $100/year. So now I can't do this without making her be forced to upgrade the plan. Does T-Mobile have a payg plan that won't force the data upgrade?
  • No excuse now all you WP7 people. No more..it's not available for Windows Phone 7 whining...
  • No excuse. None.
  • How about they can't afford $100? Right now I was able to, but a couple of months ago when I wasn't serving and making them tips, it would have either been the phone, or something else
  • Sell your current phone and your problem is solved.
  • Yea early adopters no excuses! You were all dumb for doing it in the first place so sell that unsupported pos and get with the times! 
  • That's a pretty awesome deal, especially for the masses!
  • Just bought one today from Telus since i was still using a WP7. I much prefer the feel of my Lumia 800, but the 520 will hold me over until my contract is a little closer to the end and the 8.1 devices are released.
  • Went down to the AT&T store to get one and no one knew anything about the 520. Manager looked it up and said it will be released tomorrow, and they will have some available.
  • Anyway to get a red 521?
  • Is it just me or is there no mention of WiFI?
  • At this point I'll certainly consider the 521/520 my backup phone if my 810 were to bite the dust.  Hopefully that won't happen.
  • Anyone have any luck picking one up today in store without a plan? Would a reseller have these in stock, or should I go to a at&t corporate store?
  • Tried a corporate store and they didn't have any inventory yet (did say they would only sell with a plan), but they did have a 520 and 1020 on display. The rep that talked to me actually tried to sell me on the 1020. It was nice to not be herded over to the android section.
  • Tried to buy it att store and they would not sell it to me without a plan, so I ordered it from https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • For anyone still wondering. Yes, you can purchase this 520 and put in your postpaid AT&T SIM card. I had no problems switching from my shattered screen 900. The AT&T employee even did the SIM swap and phone setup for me in store.
  • It's a good phone.
  • can i use my regular phone plan to activate this phone and just have it work like a gophone