Are you on T-Mobile US and want a Nokia Lumia 1520? You have options
The Lumia 1520 now holds my record for longest used Windows Phone, previously held by my Lumia 920. There’s just something about the raw horsepower of a quad-core 2.2 GHz CPU and that 1080P six inch display that makes it hard to resist. Sure, it’s big, but it’s also awesome.
Unfortunately, for those on T-Mobile in the US, the Lumia 1520 is but a pipe dream. That is until the Lumia 1520.3 (RM-938) hit third party retailers. In a very lengthy thread in our forums, this version of the Lumia 1520 has been confirmed to have the necessary AWS bands for T-Mobile, as well as reportedly getting AT&T LTE, as well. That is in addition to having 32 GB, of internal storage and Qi wireless charging. It’s the Holy Grail for those yearning for a Lumia 1520, but who reside in the States.
That’s the good news. The bad news is twofold.
- Availability – Negri Electronics and New Egg (opens in new tab) both stock this version, but it’s only available in Black right now, with White and Yellow back ordered
- Price – You want the best of the best and carrier unlocked? It’ll cost you between $624 and $657 to attain this ultimate Lumia 1520
Users in our forum have had good results with the device, which is carrier unlocked and rocking Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3. Some users are experiencing some issues with Windows Phone 8.1 Preview, though nothing we haven’t heard of before on various devices.
Being able to run the Lumia 1520 at LTE speeds on T-Mobile (or even AT&T) with 32 GB of storage, the ability to use a 128 GB micro SD card and Qi wireless charging (which AT&T removed) is hard to pass up. The good news is, if you want yellow or white, you have some time to save your pennies, as you’ll need ‘em.
Read more in our forums, but grab a cup of coffee as it’s 18 pages long.
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The T-Mobile agents are always amazed whenever they see it and even more amazed when I show them Official Instagram.
im alway on ebay/craigslist and oversea's sites looking around for deals, and normally factory unlocked phones normally run much higher here than brand unlocks because we dont have unlocked carrier uses like they do in alot of countries over sea's. the age and use of the phone also affect the price; more use/broken or anything like that will cost less, an older model will cost less after a certain amount of time as passes. its totally normal for it to be very expensive still since no other models of this caliber and size is there to compete as of yet, so it will be awhile before it goes down. other model's will priced different just as it will be in store because where it's ranged on a capicty scale of features and processor. with the bandwith of LTE that will depend on where you plan on using your phone, there are still a large number of area's where t mobile has not vamped their towers up to the new signal-band access standard, and the only place you can find it in a larger city area alot of time. i have a lumia 925 on T-mobile, when my phone was stolen i was looking into getting a 928 from verizon, or a 1020 or att. i saw many, many complaints from people who switch over from either company or buy an unlocked on that does not use the LTE feature unless they change their VPN if their not by a revamped tower that also had some other feature flaws because it was harder for the phone to connect properly via service because t mobile's tower's are not the same band-length. while it may work in some area's looking into your current band usage for your carrier in your area will also cut down on a head-ache in case that happens.
I had a Rogers 920 and that screen looked awful next to the 925. The 925 screen really pops and is very vibrant. As much as I want the 1520 if it's not vibrant it's not for me.