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T-Mobile friendly version of the Lumia 1520 returns to Newegg, unlocked and full priced

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is easily one of my favorite Windows Phones to date. In fact, I’ve been using it non-stop since its release late last year (and no, it’s not too big). Unfortunately, if you’re on the budget-friendly and hip T-Mobile here in the US, there’s no joy for you when it comes to the phablet-sized device. That changed though with the release of the unlocked Lumia 1520.3, which has LTE bands that will run on T-Mobile’s decent 4G network. The phone is unlocked and full priced ($625), but it has Qi wireless charging and 32 GB of internal storage.

I reported on the availability of the Lumia 1520.3 a few weeks ago, but Newegg ran out of stock. The phone is now available again, coming in White, Black and Yellow. While the phone is hardly affordable, with its Quad-core processor, 20 MP camera and outstanding design, you may want to consider this route if you’re T-Mobile.

Head here to Newegg to get your order in (opens in new tab)!

Thanks, Vito D. and Jodie P., for the tips!

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

163 Comments
  • Enjoy it Tmo'sters!!!
  • Lol
  • Let the 1520.3 hype train keep on going.   I'm still enjoying mine on Tmo LTE. $30/month unlimited 5GB LTE data plan.
  • What are you wearing?
  • Clothes and a smile, why?
  • @mister2d   Where do I find this $30 a month plan with 5gb LTE data?   I have never seen that.  Where are you located?  Thanks
  • Only at Wal-Martn but it is only 100 voice minutes so a 3rd party VoIP is a must; you could use T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling assuming it is available but it isn't free, it uses minutes, why, I do not know.  Just another mobile carrier aggravation.
  • Very good
  • Ordered it on Friday to receive it tomorrow but they only had 11 yellow ones left. So better hurry people
  • Too big
  • I thought so too but now the others are too small. Like they say, go big or go home... LOL.
  • I said the same thing when I got mine-now no way I'd go to something smaller.
  • Nope, everything else feels small now. It's great having a big screen for gaming and movies too.
  • That's what she said.
  • Actually it's not. Once you pass the 5" barrier, every unit is just too big, so you can simply choose the best.
  • I thought so too but after 3 weeks of solo DD use there is no way I'd go back.
  • https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/notes/sudipto-biswas/miracast-feature-in-... @Daniel plz write something about WiFi direct and WhatsApp works fine in nokia Lumia 630
  • Does WP have WiFi direct, how do I use it??
  • @Daniel Rubino
    Well damn. Do you know what the spec difference is between this model and this one. I have such horrid signal strength sometimes and TMO blames it on the phone, then on the OS 8..1, Nokia blames it on TMO because the signal issue is only locational not everywhere I go..    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HE0DAAG/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  • Your phone is RM-937. It is a version for Europe. It doesn't suppport TMO frequences. That's why it is working for you just in the TMO re-farmed areas. What you need is a RM-938 (Lumia 1520.3) model. It is model for Latin America. Amazingly enough RM-938 supports all TMO and AT&T frequencies. I bought my RM-938 on newegg. I am on TMO network. The phone is working everywhere I go !!!
  • @Yitzhak Khabinsky
    Thanks for the info.. and I must admit a high lack of knowledge when it comes to the frequencies used by carriers.. But when you say "just in the TMO re-farmed areas", are you implying that they are in the process of making things better :) and that in the future my phone should start working better..? Either way.. great, now I need to sell my phone and buy a new one.. arg.
  • @ Yitzhak Khabinsky
    Also, the specs for my phone state that it supports 1900 MHz and according to http://www.wirelessadvisor.com for my zip code 80016 it states that TMO is using 1900 MHz.. assuming that both those pieces of info are correct.. I am more confused than I thought.. ;)
  • I think you need the 1700 MHz as well.
  • My baby...the 1520.3 ....best Windows Phone EVER! Its so Sexy I'm using it Bare-Back (no screen protector for me).
  • Though I use 720 but have seen the love ppl have for their 1520. Its really beautiful
  • It's just what the doctor ordered! ;)
  • Any chance in getting a link to that wallpaper please? :)
  • It seems to be the Nexus wallpaper for kit Kat.
  • Wp 8.1 update!
  • This would work on Rogers in Canada right?
  • It should no problem.
  • Thank you
  • If you thinking about getting it, they have it coming back in stock today or tomorrow at BHphotovideo.com. All 3 colors (no red) for $619.95. Looks like free shiping in the US as well. Not sure what shipping would be to Canada. They also 1 or 2 year accidental damage coverage for them too for an additional fee...
  • It's too bad they don't have White! I would have ordered one today. Black & Yellow are in stock today however.
  • OmegaCell in Canada is selling them as well.
  • Daniel, how well would those LTE bands perform with an AT&T sim card in it?
  • Some of reported that it works on AT&T, but since I don't have one, can't 100% verify the scenarios. Check out the reviews at newegg or in our 1520 forums for more feedback from people who own it.
  • I know the Lumia 920.3 works fine on AT&T and TMO LTE. This has the exact same bands.
  • @Daniel - is there a Tmobile Friend Ativ SE floating around that works with ALL of Tmobile Features?
  • Not that I know of
  • @Daniel did you have to jump through hoops to get mms working on T-Mobile? Will it work on t-mobile's newly acquired 700mhz band?
  • I have the 1520.3 and didn't do anything special to get access to mms or anything else. It works like it should on all T-Mobile Frequencies..plus its compatible with the 700mhz band.
  • Thank for the info.  Do you know if it's carrier branded?  Just wondering which carrier we'll have to bug in order to get official phone updates.
  • No Carrier Branding Whatsoever, updates come directly from Microsoft/Nokia afaik
  • It is still branded just not on the outside. The updates will come from MS once the original carrier releases them.
  • @BaritoneGuy  That was my question.,. Which carrier so we know who will be approving of the official updates from MS?  It should show the carrier name when it boots up.  Unless it is a nokia international version.
  • Mine just boots-up Nokia Windows Phone. There really is no Carrier Branding.
  • Check About Windows Phone in Settings.
  • Can anybody verify wifi calling on the Lumia 1520 3 model on Tmobile or AT&T? I really need wifi calling in my area.
  • no wifi calling with mine unfortunately. I have good signal mostly but not in the more rural areas. 
  • Ahh alright. On Tmobile and I really don't wanna spend on another Lumia, guess the wait is on then. Thanks for the answer.
  • Still easily the best Window phone
    Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Anyone else recently run into issues with notifications and live tiles not working with the WPCentral app?
  • Yup
  • Windows phone 8.1 is officcially released.
  • Nope as an update to existing phones, just for Lumia 630.
  • Icon is better. 930 in general is perfect minus not having the glance screen.
  • One got sold on swappa for $400 and I missed it.
  • Have the Icon, I would prefer a 1520.
  • One went for $900 on eBay.
  • Insane, no way would I pay that much when it retails for $300 cheaper.
  • The 1520.3 is a unicorn. That's why.
  • i saw what  you did there
  • By definition then the 930 cant be perfect if its missing a feature, can it? :)
  • Better in what? Missing some features and with a smaller battery. The Icon isn't as good as the 1520.
  • I'm a T-Mobile customer and I need this in my life. Better yet, I need the 930 in my life.:)
  • Wallpaper?
  • Does anyone know if the 1520.3 still has the swipe tap bug?
  • Yes, the bug is still present.
  • :(
  • What bug are you speaking about?
  • Damn it, I want my 1520 to be qi enabled. Shame on At&t.
  • So the 1520.3 will completely work with the LTE of both AT&T and T-Mobile?
  • Correct.
  • I got tha 1520, but I got mines with at&t
  • After 7 years on T-Mobile, "decent" is not the word I would use to describe their network.
  • I know I would use "Amazing" or "Extraordinary" or some sort. Works everywhere I've been and faster than AT&T in my area. Weird that they used "decent"
  • I would use "Terrible", "Slow", "Patchwork", "Overloaded", "I pay for this SH#T?!", etc..
  • Very much agreed. :)
  • Seriously, why are you here???
  • Look at how non-isolated my experience is and ask yourself why you get so defensive. and the gall you have asking why I am here when your only contribution thus far has been some lame attempt at personal attacks.  please.
  • Beaufort South Carolina and surrounding areas get nothing but 2G. Jump on any highway you get EDGE til the next substantially populated area. Very amazing indeed.
  • Oh, look, it's the troll who has to crap all over anything positive having to do with T-Mobile. You're hilarious, seeing as people in LA are now reporting unbelievable LTE speeds on their phones on T-Mobile. Try again...
  • What would a New Yorker like yourself know about LA?  The reality is the speeds are there, in certain areas at certain times of the day (2am mostly). but MOST of the time you are lucky not to have your call dropped or not have your data connection time out.  It's incredibly frustrating.
  • I have tmobile and don't live in the sticks and it works perfectly for me here in DC, worked great in new York too for my last visit. Only dead spot was in jersey but everything in jersey is dead or dying anyway
  • Fair enough for your own experience. I don't know why everyone's arguing, leave it be. Maybe he has had a BA experience with Tmobile. All I was saying (which I thought your first comment meant) was Tmobile is great for at least me and my friends, but I don't have a quarter million friends to run the stats. A few of my friends in LA have Tmobile and they say its great any times of the day (we play Xbox together so we talk quite frequently) with speeds faster then mine. Hell I'm satisfied with my 19 down / 12up but they get an extra 5Mbs on me usually. My friend in Pitts is satisfied to as well as my uncle and his family in NYC and that's what I'm basing it off of. I dint know there speeds but most said its faster then AT&T. I don't know anyone who had Verizon except my Mom and Pops and they recently switch to Tmobile for the iPhone 5C and they said they can't tell the difference, but they're not heavy users anyway. Morale is, you don't like something don't bother - but don't knock the people who do. I can easily say I tried AT&T and there service is awful in North Eastern PA and Myrtle Beach.
  • I guess it depends where you are in the LA metro area.  Downtown LA? terrible. West Hollywood? OK unless you are in high use areas like The Grove, where the towers are so oversubscribed nothing works.  Disneyland? Forget about it.  And traveling outside of the metro area?  T-Mobile has some of the worst highway coverage I have ever seen.
  • I have it and it is amazing!  
  • It looks like you're holding an iPad mini to your ear but nah it's not too big lol
  • Never seen one for real, don't you?
  • I've always thought the 1520 is too big. But everyone seems to get so excited about it, that you guys are now making me wonder whether I should get one!!
  • If anyone is using this phone on at&t please let us know how it works. Not having Qi is a real drag.
  • I'll have mine tomorrow, and I'm on AT&T.  I'll let you know how it goes.   couldn't stand not having Qi wireless charging, either. -Vito
  • I have it and it works perfectly!!
  • FWIW: If the Newegg specs are correct, this does NOT work on T-Mobile's 4G network. It works on LTE though. So if you move from an LTE-covered area, to somewhere where LTE is not deployed yet or more weak (it happens between neighborhoods where I live, within the same city), then you'll drop down to 2G from LTE.
  • Wait, I didn't notice this...can u confirm this or someone with a 1520.3 pls confirm that it doesn't have 4g bands for Tmobile, but just LTE and edge?
  • So Newegg says: UMTS 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 MHz You also need 2100MHz in that list, for getting 3G/4G on T-Mobile. To be fair, Newegg says "AT&T 3G only". Basically terms are being mixed up left and right. 3G/4G same thing, and that thing is different than LTE. 3G/4G does not work with the listed specs. LTE does.
  • check my reply below.
  • The specs on the newegg listed are wrong.  Check out the forum for lot of the same question and real world confirmation of it works and screenshots. http://forums.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-1520/268213-lumia-1520-3-w-aws-7... Here is the picture of the box - http://imgur.com/BdEVP6h  
  • Well damn! Now you will be single-handedly resposnible for me spending $650 on a whim! Apologies for the wrong information.
  • The  newegg info is wrong, its been confirmed in the forums it works fine on att &Tmo.
  • Everyone confirms that it works along with LTE, but I think apoelin was saying that 2 edge and LTE work, just not 4g. Can u confirm that 4g works? I know LTE works fine.
  • I was going based on the Newegg info, and that seems to be wrong. Based on the screenshot of the box, that another user posted in a couple of replies above this one, this device works with everything on T-Mobile.
  • Oh good! Well that's awesome to know...thanks for clearing this up! :)
  • Best phone I have ever owned and I owned a lot of phones. I use it on AT&T with no problems. Here is the list of features not available from AT&T that come with this version: - QI Wireless charging
    - Data Sense
    - IPS LCD
    - 32GB
    - fully supports T-mobile and AT&T's 4G network.
  • The display for at&t and the international version is the same
  • Anyone have the link?
  • If you think thats overpriced try importing one(or the icon) into Canada & be stuck with no lte support for it
  • the icon will not work on LTE here in Canada, but this 1520.3 version will work fine on any of the big3  or their BS sub companies
  • What about WiFi Calling and Tethering? Both work?
  • I'd assume no on Wi-Fi calling. I couldn't get it on my Nokia 920 or my ATIV S.
  • Doesn't the 1520.3 also support the ATT LTE bands as well?
  • It'd be cheaper to buy a ATT version.
  • Att version is missing things like qi charging.
  • BEWARE!!! if you buy this phone in the US you'll have NO WARRANTY.
    I got burned on a Rogers 920 for T-Mobile. Nokia want fix a non US phone. To make it worse they want ship a non US phone back to the US. So basically if it breaks you're screwed.
  • I don't think that's true for this particular device. Many in the forums reported a valid US warranty. Check the forum thread.
  • This phone is from Spain if I'm not mistaken. I'd call Nokias service center and double check that warranty. Nokia's policy is pretty plain on this. I wish I would've known before I got burned on a 920 from Canada. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Another incorrect post. A quick jump to Nokia's Warranty check page and my IMEI shows a status as "In Warranty".
  • Yeah, my 920 said in warranty too. Nokia's service center claims they don't have the parts to fix a non US phone. When I called Flextronics (Nokia's service center in Canada) I was told they couldn't ship to US. Maybe this has changed in the last year. That's why I said call Nokia's service center and confirm. Newegg only gives you a short warranty. I just don't want nobody to get burned like I did. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Ah. Well I don't mess with Newegg. Always seem shady to me for some reason. I purchased mine from B&H Photo. Much longer warranty than Newegg. Better customer service, better mobile site, and better warranties. That, and my credit card doubles the warranty on my purchase.   Edit: Also, some customers of the 1520.3 are getting theirs drop shipped straight from Nokia to the US, so I doubt there's any warranty issues with this phone.
  • Newegg is one of the most reliable online retailer. Better than Amazon for sure. If you buy this phone through them get the extended warranty for $65.00.
  • In my experience, ordering tens of thousands of dollars of products from both spanning over a decade,  Amazon is the better retailer. However, neither Amazon nor Newegg are perfect.
  • Concur.  Just cancelled my Newegg order and will be ordering from B&H.  Was given the run around why my order would take 5 business days to "package" before shipping after being charged in 1 business day and paying for 2 day air. However, this is nothing new for Newegg regarding items not warehoused locally.
  • NewEgg offers a $65 one-year accidental damage warranty, which is less expensive than the insurance through AT&T (by a long shot) *and* doesn't require a $199 payment when you want to use the insurance.
  • Yes that is why you pay the extra 150 and buy the accidental warranty thing that new egg offers! it is for 2 years or spend like 50 bucks and get the one year
  • Throwing the obligatory screw you manufacturers who produce different models of the same exact phone, some containing more frequencies some containing less, some containing Qi and some not, and other differences like that.
  • Do you think Nokia wants to produce multiple versions of the same phone? They are simply reacting to carrier demands.
  • Blame your carries for that. Here in Europe all the carries mostly use the same frequencies and technology ...
  • Yea mine too..i love it
  • This is my favorite Windows phone. The Latin America version works perfectly on ATT as well as TMO.
  • "We have found 0 items that match."
  • Black & White are in stock -- no Yellow or Red. The other link doesn't work. https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • 1520.3 is currently available in only black, yellow, and white.
  • Problem is... That buying this phone is risky considering how long its been out now... Its a great phone but new phones should be out not too long from now. Rather wait for TMO to release a new one that's better and use the upgrade plan so I don't have to pay full price. Its common sense.
  • 6 months on a new phone is risky? Yikes.
  • What upgrade plan? Tmo sells phones for full price on a two year payment plan now.
  • JUMP - I'm waiting to now (or making switch to android). Buy a phone, pay an extra $18-$22 on it per month for 6 months, get the next latest and greatest while only paying the tax if you trade in device. Good jf you don't mind NOT keeping the devices, but rather a upgrade 2-3 times a year. You're only paying tax ($50 usually for flagships) + $120 for phone ($20 avg x 6 months) so basically $170 to lease a phone until the next Flagship.
  • Thanks for clearly explaining that. Didn't have time to. LOL
  • Yeah, I wouldn't be interested because Tmo doesn't get flagship Windows phones every 6 months. Seems pointless.
  • I don't think it's risky, but I know what you mean. I just don't know when you'll see another 6" device on this platform. I'm hoping for a 5.2-5.5" release.
  • Yes, the 1520 is too big, IMHO. Nokia Lumia Icon just makes my day...all the features you guys get but a sturdier phone, 5" HD display, and support for ALL the bands I'd ever need while roaming or travelling. +Icon #IJustDidThat
  • I switched from Lumia 925. Now that phone seems small. One thing I miss is t-mobile wifi calling. Overall great phone. Reading website it's so much better. And also I don't have to worry about storage space with the SD card.
  • Hello all! I bought my Lumia 1520 thru the Microsoft store and had it unlocked but also purchased the warrantee with it over 4 months ago. Does anyone know if I can still return the device or have it switched to the 1520.3? I really would like Qi charging esp if I have multiple charging pads.
  • You're out of luck.
  • Just orderd it from B&H. They have the yellow one back in stock but not black or white. New Egg is sold out of yellow.
  • I would love to have one, but, at that price, for very little more I could get an SP3.
  • Ack! It's either this or the Surface Pro 3 =s
  • If its on tm I would definitely get one coz I can't afford it...hmmm;(
  • I am not on a AWS carrier, yet I ordered the 1520.3 to get the peace of mind knowing I can freely switch any time. I paid $800 CAD for a phone to be used for at least 5 worry-free years.
  • Smart move.
  • Would love this device! Stuck on an 8x though
  • Be on the lookout for when the open box 1520.3 comes back!!! Only $499.99!!!
    https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • If this phone is at 930's screen size, it will be an instant sale for me.
  • Too damn bad it does not come in red anymore. Red is so dashing & passionate, why would you get this phone is any other color? Should I just order it in whatever color is left & order a red housing for it?