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Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) 4G Dual-Core 1.0GHz Windows 8 OS Cell Phone Bundle with iLuv Portable Speaker Case & hypercel Car Charger

  • Windows Phone 8
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • 4.0" IPS LCD Touch Screen
  • 5.0 MP Camera 720p HD Video Capture
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Learn more about the Nokia 521 (T-Mobile)


521 (T-Mobile)
Form Factor
Smart Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band
Data transfer


GPS Integrated
A-GPS support and GLONASS
MP3, WAV ringtones

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
SMS (threaded view), MMS, IM
Email, Push Email
Additional Function


Operating System
Windows Phone 8


CPU Core
CPU Speed
Qualcomm MSM8227 Chipset, Adreno 305 GPU


Internal Memory
8 GB, 512 MB RAM
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 64GB


Main Display Size
Main Display Color
Main Display Format
Main Display Resolution
800 x 480
Touch Screen
Capacitive touchscreen


5.0 MP
Auto Focus
HD Video Capture

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE
3.5mm jack, microUSB v2.0


Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
Talk Time
Up to 14.67 hours (2G) / Up to 9.67hours (3G)
Standby Time
Up to 360 hours
Operating Time
Music play: Up to 61 hours


SNS integration

MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player

Document viewer

Video/photo editor


Bundle includes:
Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile
iLuv Portable Speaker Case
hypercel Car Charger

iLuv Portable Speaker Case:
- Powerful built-in speakers allow you to hear your music with depth and clarity
- Full, rich, high-quality sound
- Operates with two "AA" batteries (not included)
- Compatible with any audio device with a 3.5mm jack
- Sturdy and convenient, zippered protection
- Hanging clip for belt loop or backpack

hypercel Car Charger
- Input: 12-24V
- Output: 5.2-5.6V
- Power: 750mA
- Protection: Short Circuit / Overcharge
- Cable Length: 6'
- Cable Gauge: 3mm
- Certifications: CE



Scratch-resistant glass

1/4'' sensor size, geo-tagging

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity


Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

7GB free SkyDrive storage

Voice memo/dial/commands

Predictive text input

Dimensions & Weight

4.72" x 2.52" x 0.39"
4.37 oz.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Nokia 521 (T-Mobile)

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/24/2014 6:33:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good deal for price

Pros: Very pleased for the phone. It works very well, as expected. It works, has good battery length, price is right. I would buy another if I wanted a Windows phone.

Cons: None

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  • Paul L.
  • 8/21/2014 9:32:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot good at making calls

Pros: cheap, good looking phone.

Cons: Not good at making calls. Sometimes works, most of the time not. Piece of junk for basic function which is making calls.

Other Thoughts: I hope that new Windows 8.1 software will fix phone problem.

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  • Ibrahim H.
  • 8/21/2014 7:01:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: You can read the specifications provided from Nokia, but they won't display the power and connectivity this phone provides for entry level smart phone users. With Android and iOS dominating the market, there isn't much room for Windows Mobile, however, Nokia's Lumia 521 seems to change the game a bit. My experience using Windows Mobile 8.0 has been flawless, for the most part. The phone's functionality provides me all my basic needs. I can even tether the phone to my laptop without much trouble. Although the phone does not have 4g/LTE support, the speeds I attained with T-mobile 3G network have surprised me. HSPA+ has a maximum of 21Mbit and 5.8Mbit on T-mobile's 3G network in domestic areas. I managed to sustain half that available bandwidth consistently, which is pretty amazing. Phone calls were loud and clear. Webpages loaded quickly, and GPS coordination is flawless, especially when the maps are downloaded to the phone. The rear camera does an excellent job taking pictures and works quite well when the side button is mapped to it. Pictures were clear and crisp under ideal lighting. Audio playback, surprisingly, was louder than my iPhone 5s. The phone is very durable and flush. I wouldn't hesitate if I were to drop the phone accidentally.

Cons: No front camera support. No flash. Windows Mobile 8.1 deployment has been delayed consistently. The lack of 4g/LTE antennas will limit the coverage and connectivity of this device. SDHC performance decreases with larger SD card sizes. Software connectivity is difficult on MacOSX. In windows, the media player will take care of content management.

Other Thoughts: If you need a phone for a decent price, and are willing to try Windows Mobile, this is definitely the phone you should start with. A sim card is also included with the packaging in case you'd like to start a new plan with T-mobile. The phone can be carrier unlocked after 2 months of service.

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  • XIN H.
  • 6/18/2014 2:12:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat phone for the price

Pros: low price for everything you need!

Cons: no front-facing camera.

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  • Tyson N.
  • 5/19/2014 9:47:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Mid-Range Phone

Pros: *easy to use interface
*good performance, lags less than my android phone
*Windows 8 interface w/ recent/upcoming updates has made this phone an excellent option
*phone itself survives the kids usage, has decent uptime, and easy to use

Cons: *windows phone app store has a smaller (but ever increasing) app selection the iOS or Android

Other Thoughts: We bought this as a family phone after my wife used the Nokia Lumia 920 for over a year. I currently have a Galaxy S4. Despite being a tech guy that likes to play with the android OS, since seeing how well the 920 and 521 work, I will likely get a Windows Phone as my next device!

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  • Johnny R.
  • 3/19/2014 12:19:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood phone - sllloooooww shiping

Pros: Phone is exactly what I hoped for - reliable, easy to use, good call quality, relatively fast. I got it as a first phone for my daughter. Plenty of oomph and features for a tween and still cheap enough on the pocket that if she loses or breaks it you aren't out a $600 iPhone!

Cons: Picks up fingerprints like it's a magnet! Hopefully I will solve that with a screen protector. Also the phone is entirely plastic, so buy a good rugged case to protect it from drops. The volume almost can be to loud - some concern about kid using earphones with this phone - it is really loud! Took one egg for the plastic feel and the screen being a fingerprint magnet.

Other Thoughts: Was supposed to be 4-7 business days for shipping - actually didn't even leave the warehouse until the 7th day! Then it got delayed - all total it took 3 weeks to show up! I know it's a bit out of Neweggs control, but I have never had that issue with any other Newegg orders in the past.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 3/14/2014 11:44:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggslumia

Pros: none

Cons: What a piece of garbage. The Windows platform doesn't allow for swyping and a whole host of other apps one can use with an android device. This is the worst product I've ever purchased from Newegg.

Other Thoughts: Going to request an RMA

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  • mykhaylo k.
  • 3/12/2014 7:47:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat starter/first smart phone

Pros: -price
-voice quality

Cons: -screen resolution
-no photo flash
-no forward facing camera
-plastic case scratches easily.

Other Thoughts: in the age when phones get 1080p screens 800x480 is already generation behind. while no one should expect huge screen on under $100 dollar phone it nevertheless a gripe you would have to deal with everyday especially if you read off your phone a lot.

speaker it comes with is marginally better than phone speaker itself. it is however heavy when loaded with 3 AA batteries. It also seems like it doesn't actually have much of amplification despite being powered by x3 batteries. I had to really crank up my phone volume to make it volume levels as you would expect speakers to have, but even then it's laughable. Car charger is a good thing though.

i would highly recommend to get a case and screen protector for this phone since it scratches really easily.

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  • REZA A.
  • 3/12/2014 1:26:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: duel core,large screen....

Cons: no flash with camera, no webcam.

Other Thoughts: great phone for price specialty if you get it under 80.00 like i got it on shell shocker for 75.00 with car charger and external speakers. oh yes. Newegg Rocks!

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  • John T.
  • 2/20/2014 10:48:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Phone

Pros: Great build quality for a low-cost device
Very responsive OS
Almost all of the popular apps are free and easy to download (Facebook, Kindle, Netflix, etc.)
No problems playing videos, music or games
User-expandable memory via MicroSIM slot
The automatic syncing of pictures, calendar, contacts, etc. is incredibly convenient
Running at 4G speeds is awesome

Cons: Not the highest res screen or camera, but still very, very good
Not the fastest mobile processor, but Windows Phone 8 is so optimized it doesn't need to be

Other Thoughts: If you're on T-Mobile with a 4G data plan, you can't really beat owning this phone outright at such a low price point, especially since you don't need to get locked into a contract. It does everything you want a smartphone to do, and it does it all incredibly well.

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