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Nokia Lumia 520 Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone - Black

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 4.0" IPS LCD Touch Screen
  • 5.0 MP Camera 720p HD Video Capture

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
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  • W U.
  • 11/16/2014 10:09:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Pretty phone

Cons: DOA:

Everything functions nicely until I put in the SIM and SD card. Then it says I have a dead battery, and it won't charge! SIM works fine in my old Nokia 800, but not in this phone. I tried it three times but, it will not work with SIM installed.

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  • Cam T.
  • 9/28/2014 5:10:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot fully unlocked

Pros: I really like this phone, it's my first windows phone and I own an iphone and android phone as well - I use this as my primary phone right now.

Cons: It's a bit slow (but for $100 not a problem) but it is not fully unlocked. It is an AT&T branded phone and yes you can put another simm in it and it works, but you can't use the phone for tethering as that feature is locked by AT&T.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/8/2014 12:59:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Phone

Pros: Does everything its supposed to do :)

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Such a cheap and nice smart phone. Would recommend it to anyone on a budget, that's for sure. Definitely a bang for the buck.

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  • Jim C.
  • 8/18/2014 3:25:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsUK user

Pros: Took the phone with me on an extended visit to the UK -- purchased a SIM card and service from 3 Mobile -- using data (4G) and phone service without any problems. Paying 13 gbp/month for 600 minutes of calls and 1 terabyte of data. It's a great deal.

Cons: no cons so far

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4 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly pleased for such a cheap phone

Pros: I purchased this phone because I was pushed into a pool, my Galaxy Note 2 was in my trunks pocket, and well it didn't survive the plunge. I got this phone on sale for $60 and was expecting a sluggish device in both UI, feature set, and browsing speed. I was pleasantly surprised by most accounts.

UI - WP8 runs surprisingly well on this phone, even for it's budget specs. Aside from app load times, the phone moves seamlessly through the UI and even multitasks well. This is my first Windows Phone, and although this is just for temporary use, I found it amazingly easy to get accustomed to.

Features - Being a budget phone there are some sacrifices here. No LTE, but HSPA+ or whatever it's called on At&t I'd say the speeds are tolerable. Camera is rather lackluster, no flash 5mp, small lense. The biggest surprise to me was that there are absolutely no Google apps, and not that many good apps at all anyway. The big ones are there (FB, Twitter, Instagram (beta)). No real Snapchat app (use 6snap if you're looking for one). But I guess if this isn't your permanent phone you can get along fine knowing that the main ones are there.

This phone also does have a MicroSD slot I have a MSDHC 32GB card and it works fine.

I found it rather annoying that, like Google with GMail, with this MS phone you need to route everything through Outlook. I didn't feel like having my gmail forwarded to Outlook, so I just pinned the browser shortcut to GMail on the Start screen.

Battery life has been pretty good, you can easily get a full 12 hour day out of this phone with moderate app/browsing and brightness set to medium.

Again, I got this phone on sale for $60.00, and coming from a 5.5" Galaxy Note 2 to this 4" WP8 I've really kind of enjoyed it as a pleasant change of pace so far.

Cons: While I have been impressed in some areas, there are definite weak points about the phone-

Camera: small lens, no flash, no front-facing camera, you get the point.

Apps: Actually lack thereof. No Snapchat app, WatchESPN, HboGO, Hulu. I have most of my music on a MicroSD card. There are NO decent music players that are just geared toward playing local music. The default Nokia app is geared much more toward streaming and downloading, you can't create local playlists or anything like that. There's Xbox Music, which plays local files, but again lacks many of the convenient features of Android's default music player. That has definitely been a point of frustration.

No Google Apps - Not even Gmail.

IE Mobile - Browser is garbage, there aren't any big name alternative browsers i.e., Firefox, Dolphin, Opera, etc. Browsing with IE takes me back to days when I used a Blackberry Bold and thought I was cool.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this phone as an At&t Go Phone, not completely unlocked as a straight Nokia device. So, I can't comment on whether it will work with any carriers outside of At&t.

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