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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone

  • Windows Phone 8
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 4.0" Touch Screen
  • 5.0 MP

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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile

No annual service contracts or credit checks.


Download speeds up to two times faster. Network coverage to over 96% of Americans nationwide.


With T-Mobile and a capable device, you can use Wi-Fi calling to make calls or send text messages virtually anywhere you have access to Wi-Fi, at no extra cost.

*4G LTE and Wi-Fi Calling available on applicable devices only.


No contract monthly plans as low as $50/month, all with unlimited talk, text and web (just choose the amount of high-speed data you need).

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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile

The Nokia Lumia 521 comes with digital lenses built in - exclusive to Nokia and guaranteed to wow your friends. Add motion to your images with Cinemagraph. Take multiple photos with a single click using Smart Shoot, so you can edit effortlessly to make the perfect shot. And with Panorama, you can get the whole picture.

  • 4" Touchscreen
  • Windows Phone 8 Operating System
  • 5-Megapixel Camera with Camcorder
  • 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi Connectivity (where available)
  • 4GB Internal Storage

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  • Hanbin D.
  • 11/26/2015 9:03:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied one year

Pros: cheap

Cons: lasted only one year

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  • Johnny R.
  • 5/2/2015 3:50:10 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood first phone for kids

Pros: -cheap price
-Windows phone operating system works very well. Less glitches than my android phones.
-Windows account log in so it synch's with other Windows stuff well.

Cons: -all plastic construction
-lowish resolution camera
-not as many apps as IOS or android

Other Thoughts: So I purchased on 02/28/14 as a first phone for my teenage daughter - figured if she lost or broke it I was only out $100 vs. a $500+ flagship phone. It honestly worked better than I expected and the Windows operating system had a lot less issues than android and apple over the same period of ownership. So all in all a good first phone for a kid. Only day to day drawback was the camera quality is not very good.

Flash forward to 05/02/15 (warranty expired of course) and now the phone won't charge. Looked online and it is a common problem with no clear solution. I tried a new battery ($40) and as long as the batter had charged it worked, but one the charge ran out it was back to not charging. I plug it in and it tries to turn on then buzzes and turns off without charging. Tried various chargers with same results.

So long story short - not a bad starter phone, but don't expect it to last. On the plus side you can pick them up for $50 or less now, so even buying 1 a year it would take several years to equal a more expensive flagship phone.

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  • gorav g.
  • 10/6/2014 2:11:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: Good phone in a cheep price

Cons: sometime call loss.

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  • Edward R.
  • 10/1/2014 8:54:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNokia Lumina

Pros: great operating system. I liked it, easy to use

Cons: After 6 weeks , the phone went totally dead. Even the T-mobile techs could not get it turned back on. Battery was fine. Reboot didn't work. Just simply a dead phone! Oddly enough, there was a lady at t-mobile store that day who ironically had the same problem with the same phone! DO NOT BUY!!!! JUNK!!!

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2 out of 5 eggsTelephone connection problems

Pros: Inexpensive, Windows 8 is good, can be Hot Spot to connect devices to the Internet. It would be a good phone if it wasn't for the problems described in "Cons"

Cons: Random "can't connect" messages when trying to make a phone call. Requires powering down and back up. T'Mobile replaced it once. The second has the same problem. The Internet has others with same problem.

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  • David L.
  • 8/31/2014 10:52:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNokia Lumina 521/T-Mobile

Pros: Relatively cheap, Windows 8 front end (easy to use/customize). Worked perfectly with my T-Mobil accounts after replacing my 3G SIM card. Cheap generic cases available. The one I bought cost $6 and it came with a mini touch pen and a plastic face cover. T-Mobil's case is $30 and its face covers are $8! My Kindle's USB/Blackberry charger & cable are compatible. It chargers very quickly with my 5V, 15A Fire HDX charger. I fitted it with a 16Gig Micro SD to extend storage capacity to 20+ Gigs. Has easy Wi-Fi/VOIP functionality.

Cons: Not LTE, so relatively slow 1GHz CPU. Have had a few problems such as not being able to receive incoming calls randomly. This has happened sufficient times to make me consider an exchange w/Nokia (Newegg's return policy is only 15 days!). This I have bought a standby Galaxy Lite LTE that T-Mobil was selling for the amazing price of $48!! However my original 521 which I bought about 6 months ago (the unit under review is my wife's!) has had no such problems.

Other Thoughts: In all, I prefer the Win8 front end to the usual Google o/systems. I'm sorry that T-Mobil wasn't carrying the LTE Galaxy Lite at the time I bought this Nokia. I'm hoping that Nokia has a better return/exchange policy than Newegg if it continues to misbehave.

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  • Glenn M.
  • 8/26/2014 4:02:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsunbelievable value

Pros: Easily upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1. With 8.1 you have smart phone with Cortana and all of the functionality you need in a smart phone. You will not find a full featured phone for $60 that can beat it on the superb T-Mobile network.

Cons: Not LTE capable

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  • Jennifer L.
  • 8/25/2014 7:31:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEnjoy it while it lasts

Pros: For a $70 phone, it's got a good screen and decent speed. Camera takes pretty good quality photos.Those are pretty much the only pros.

Cons: Where do I begin? My volume-up button stopped working after about a month and a half, the lock-button is now failing, and the OS alone is almost 3GB. Windows 8 OS is badly buggy in so many ways:
-Frequently when I press the lock button, I'll see my lock screen, then it'll flash to black and I'll have to lock and relock the phone to get into it. Annoying when the lock button only works 10% of the time.
-At the beginning and end of every song, there's a loud skip/crackle noise
-Skipping forward or backward in video or audio playback produces an even louder crackle noise that's nearly deafening
-Phone frequently crashes completely and reboots itself
-Freezes almost daily, have to remove the battery to fix the problem
-Next to no modern app support. Spotify won't even open without a premium subscription, and most social network apps (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Kik, and Twitter to name a few) are all unofficial 3rd party apps with little support.
-I have the $30 UL Data and Texting package from T-Mobile. I don't know if it's just where I live or what, but at (very frequent) times, I'll show as having 4-5 bars, but nothing will load and texts won't send. Often triggered by opening Facebook or other internet-drawing apps on data. Only fix is to either wait it out (2-3 hours usually) or reboot the phone.
-It has bursts of incredible slowness. While sometimes it is fast, about 80% of the time it crawls if you have more than 2 or 3 apps open in the background.
-Battery life is mediocre and gets worse over a short time
-Headphone jack is shoddy and has already failed on one of my friends' phones
-Charging port is awkward and some chargers don't work with it
-Battery gets incredibly hot when charging
-The sloped backside of the phone makes it really easy to slip out of your hand and drop it, and that's not helped by how smooth the back surface is
-Very few good cases for the phone that aren't shipping from China, but that's common among cheaper phones
-No front camera

Other Thoughts: Overall, for me personally, this phone started out well and became a nightmare. I abhor using it now and I can NOT wait to replace it. For moderate use, like texting and calling infrequently, this phone is probably perfect, but if you're expecting something better than an equally priced Android phone, prepare to be disappointed. I "upgraded" from a Huawei Prism II (got it for $80 right before its price dropped to $50), and the Prism II was miles better. Still a mid-range phone by all means, lacking some great characteristics, but at least it wasn't plagued by the Windows Phone 8 OS.

Again, if you're expecting anything par to Android, stay far away from this phone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/30/2014 1:24:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Good

Pros: -Pretty good battery life, especially for such a cheap phone.

-Very good performance overall. Scrolling is very smooth, apps launch pretty quickly, and the touch screen is very responsive

-Cellular reception is great with T-mobile in my area. I actually get better cellular reception with this phone than I did with my iPhone 4s, on the same network

Cons: -Poor build quality, with cheap, all-plastic components

-The back, home and search soft buttons aren't illuminated, and aren't on screen, so you can't seem them when it's dark. They're also flat, capacitive buttons, so you can't feel for them either, like with an iphone.

-Cellular, wi-fi reception, and battery life indicators are hidden by default, and you have to swipe down from the top to see their status'. I couldn't find anything in the settings to change this.

-Internet explorer is just as terrible on mobile as it is on the desktop. Unfortunately Mozilla has abandoned development of Firefox for Windows phone 8, though I absolutely don't blame them.

-The interface is ugly and bland, with extremely limited customization options. You can customize your home screen, the arrangement of your "tiles" and the color of everything. It's extremely limited in comparison to Android and even iOS.

-The camera quality is pretty poor, with no flash, and no front-facing camera. It's a massive downgrade from the iPhone 4s that I had for a few months.

-Pre installed apps claim to REQUIRE your location to work properly, and if you don't agree, they won't let you update

-The app selection is pitiful. There is almost nothing worthwhile on the store, with the exception of Twitter and Pandora.

-Audio through the speaker is remarkably bad. The speaker is simply low quality, and then on top of that has the worst positioning I've ever seen. It's just a small slit for the sound to pass through, and it's right on the back of the phone, which is where your hand goes, and it's almost entirely muted when covered.

-The USB port used to charge/ connect to a PC seems to be placed a bit too far into the device itself, so you need to really make sure you're inserting the cable at the perfect cable to avoid damage.

Other Thoughts: I do not like this phone.

I have experience with Android on a tablet, and iOS on several iPods and an iPhone 4s. This was my first experience with a mobile Windows platform, and it was terrible. There are definitely many cut corners on the hardware of this phone, but most of the big issues come down to the software. Windows Phone 8 is awful in comparison to Android and iOS.

That's not to say this phone is a bad option for everybody. If you haven't used a smartphone before and are just looking to dip your toes in the water, this is probably an OK starting place. It will make phone calls, send texts, and you might be impressed by the different smartphone functions and web functionality if you've never used anything better

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  • I-Shing W.
  • 7/28/2014 8:21:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLight, Cheap, Easy Setup

Pros: Light, Cheap, Easy Setup, and does whatever the spec list.
Support multiple-languages

Cons: User interface is creative, but it doesn't get me.

Other Thoughts: I got this one for my mom as an entry-level starter of smartphone. it cannot compare to iphone or Samsung's for sure. but what can I complain with this price?

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