Walmart Selling The Lumia 521 For $129, If You Can Find It That Is

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While T-Mobile’s current state of affairs on their Windows Phone lineup is still questionable, the newly launched Lumia 521 is on sale for a steal at Walmart. It’s already out of stock from over the weekend and store availability is limited, but if you can track one down they make a great backup smartphone or introductory phone for the kids. Hit the Walmart link below to begin your search and find one before they are completely sold out!

The Lumia 521 is powered by Windows Phone 8 and features a 4? display, 5 megapixel camera, 720p HD video and Nokia exclusive applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Smart Shoot, HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.

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  • Casey

    It sold out on Home Shopping Network too. From what I’ve read they’ve sold over 1 million of them already.

    • Casey

      That could have been the Lumia 521 and international 520 combined though…

      • fentonr

        I would guess so, I don’t think HSN typically carries that many. Still, one million total is pretty good considering it just launched. I’m hoping Nokia makes a turn around and it sounds like it needs to happen soon and significantly.

        • http://hiepsfinance.com/ Hiep’s Finance

          HSN had fewer than 1,000 in stock FYI

        • fentonr

          That sounds about right.

    • http://hiepsfinance.com/ Hiep’s Finance

      I assume you are referring to the sales of both Lumia 520 and 521. Would you mind sharing the source of that information? Thanks in advance.

  • VG

    FYI As of right now, the T-Mobile web site does not display any Windows Phones (not even the refurbished Lumia 521). If you click on the SHOP ALL PHONES link on the main T-Mobile web page, you’ll see that Windows Phone is no longer listed under the Operating System filters on the left hand side (only Android, BlackBerry and iOS are listed). A newbie looking at T-Mobile will assume that T-Mobile simply doesn’t carry Windows Phones and may end up signing up with a different carrier … Not a smart move by T-Mobile since they may lose potential customers (or the company has decided to abandon Windows Phone?????).

  • Jordan

    Wouldn’t it be worth it to buy the 8X from wirefly at the same price? Isn’t the 8x a much nicer phone?

    • VG

      The $130 at Walmart buys you the phone outright with no obligation (you own the phone completely). The 8X is much more expensive in the long run since you have to sign up for a 2-Year Classic Plan and pay back the carrier subsidy on the phone. However, the T-Mobile version of the 8x shows up as Not Available on the WireFly web site right now (giving more evidence that T-Mobile may be abandoning Windows altogether).

      • Jordan

        Oh, I didn’t notice this was a prepaid phone. That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying!

        • fentonr

          its worth noting that it works fine on post paid too. A great combination with the uncarrier plans. I hope T-Mobile stores get it.

        • John

          Yeah , I bought the Nokia Lumia 521 for a family member and it works fine on postpaid. I have a postpaid account with 4 lines on it. I use to have 3 lines, but I added the 4th line to my account on April 28th. I have the iPhone 5 for my 1st line, 2nd line has the Nokia Lumia 521, 3rd line has the Motorola Razr, and the 4th line has the LG Optimus L9.

        • kalel33

          You still have an old Motorola V3 Razr? It was a great flip phone but can’t believe there are many still operational at this point.

        • John

          Yeah my aunt still uses the Motorola Razr. I use the iPhone 5 and love it.

  • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

    Wal marts said they. Will be back in stock in less then a week.

  • Garrett

    I bought my Lumia 521 from Walmart about an hour ago. This little phone is great!

    • hhvdblom

      Glad you are happy with your completely lag free Phone. Thats something you cannot say about crapdroid phones.

      • hhvdblom

        Even 300$ Android Phone can lag. Reviewers even noticed some lag on the brand new S4. You won’t see that on a Windows Phone because the design of the Phone is completely different as Android. Android is a Linux kernel with a shitload of UI on it and as a dessert you get an extra UI flavor of Samdung or HTC. Thats why those Phone need 4 cores to do simple things. The Lumia 520 is the Proof that a inexpensive Phone can be as good as a much more expensive SmartPhone.

        • kalel33

          Funny, you’re telling him that his Nexus 4 lags but he actually owns one and states it doesn’t. He seems to like both and both are very smooth. I sold so many Nokia Lumia phones when I was a customer service rep that they gave me a Lumia 720 for a prize. I gave it to my sister in-law and she’s happy with it, but she wants an Android phone. Her husband has my old Mytouch 4g with Cyanogenmod running on it and she wants the apps.

          It doesn’t matter how good Windows is, if you don’t have the apps then you’re not going to sell well. My sister in-law will ask about apps that I have on my phone and wants it on hers but they’re never available for Windows.

        • hhvdblom

          Thats an individuals choice. May be you sold something you did not understand like most reps do :-) I dont use to many apps. I use Nokia Drive+, thats what I call an app. Or Citylens :-) Or PhotoBeamer :-) don’t use kids apps. Nice comparison hey Nexus4 and Lumia 521. Nexus4 is more expensive and not better :-) And your sister don’t want a Phone but I think a kind of gaming machine, I should say buy her a cracked XBox360.

        • kalel33

          You really don’t comprehend replies very well do you. I and 2 other reps sold the most Nokia phones in our center, which means I was very good at telling people the positives of the phone. My Sister in-law and her husband already have an Xbox but she wants the app selection that her husband has on his Android. She doesn’t want the games, she wants all the other apps that would allow her to use her phone more. You’re in the small minority of needing just a few apps, which is the reason why Windows is still a minuscule player in the US, with Blackberry still having a larger marketshare of phones in the US.

          Nexus 4 might be more expensive but it can do more.

      • Garrett

        Actually, I also own a Nexus 4. It’s just as smooth as my Lumia 521. :)

      • superg05

        my phone doesn’t lag Troll you people are so insecure

    • mdosu

      When you buy this pre-paid phone, does it come with a pre-paid card? Or does it force you to buy a pre-paid card? Or can you just only buy the phone?

      • http://www.sadude.com/ SaDudE

        You just buy the phone, you will get a micro SIM in the box but no need to buy a contract or any kind of service whatsoever

      • Garrett

        Yes, as SaDudE said, a micro SIM is included in the box.

  • VG

    Very strange. HSN and Walmart are carrying the Lumia 521 (albeit sold out), and there is no sign of this phone or any Windows phones on the T-Mobile web site, not even a COMING SOON listing? I’m almost ready to bet that T-Mobile has sold off its contractual commitments to purchase Windows phones and will focus on Android, BlackBerry and iOS devices.

    • hhvdblom

      No VG, Microsoft is going big with Nokia. I have a Lumia 620. That is a quality Phone comparable with an iPhone for a very cheap price. This is a bargain. Microsoft is using secondary channels first but Microsoft stores and Tmobo will also sell this Phone because the 820 will not be sold by Tmobo anymore.

      • VG

        I have no doubt Microsft is going big with Nokia, but I have my doubts that T-Mobile is in that camp. Why wouldn’t T-Mobile have COMING SOON listed like they have had for their other new phones? T-Mobile seems to be sending a message. If T-Mobile really wants to be a player in Windows Phone, they had better throw up something on their web site quickly (or Windows and Nokia fans will go elsewhere, probably to another carrier who does promote Windows/Nokia). Don’t get me wrong: I love Nokia phones and have owned a couple in the past (with Symbian OS); their cameras are phenomenal, and Nokia Drive with downloaded maps are fantastic (no need for a data connection while driving … better than Google Maps, IMHO). Haven’t had a chance to experiment with Windows Phone, though.

        • hhvdblom

          Then you should experiment because this OS is much better as IOS and Android. It takes some time that people will realize this but when they know they will buy Nokia’s. I think this deal is initiated by Microsoft. Microsoft is the driving force behind it and tmobo is surfing on this. But these Phones will be sold by Microsoft stores and eventually on tmobo to. But Microsoft put the focus on cheap, and cheap is something thats not so related with tmobo but with wallmart. Its an advertising strategy.

  • just me

    Lol talk about a dumb PR move if T-Mobile really does ditch Windows Phone. Yeah, it doesn’t sell very well, but it gets plenty of buzz and stories on tech sites. Atleast wait until it’s more established that Nokia is going to be the only company making WP handsets….

    • fentonr

      I want to know why stores don’t have the 521 yet. I also want to know why T-Mobile can’t get a high end Windows Phone. Still holding out hope for the catwalk.

      • wifininja

        I don’t really care too much about a high end windows phone. What stops me is their unbelievably continuing not having a T-Mo Wifi calling app for windows phone 7/8.

        • fentonr

          I don’t know why Tmo hasn’t made that app yet. Pretty sure with Windows Phone 8 all the api’s they need are there.

        • riopato

          It’s called skype

        • Alex Zapata

          Skype =/= WiFi calling

        • Ordeith

          521 has WiFi calling.

      • riopato

        T-Mobile stopped selling Windows Phone

        • fentonr

          Um, no, they didn’t. This is actually an article about T-Mobile selling the 521, which is a Windows Phone. T-Mobile just discontinued the 810 and 8x.

        • fentonr

          Not sure what you’re talking about.

  • jonathan3579

    I found two stores in Houston that have limited stock… (And that was out of a LARGE list of stores.) On the bright side, they’re both about 10 minutes away from me.

  • mdosu

    wow $129 is dirt cheap, so dirty, i almost feel dirty carrying it.

  • John

    Do you guys think its worth it to upgrade from the Lumia 710 to the Lumia 521?
    And does anyone know what 4g the 521 supports? Is it Hspa+ 28 or something different

    • John

      Google Nokia Lumia 710 vs Nokia Lumia 521. Then you should see Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 710 phone spec comparison. There they compare the specs of both phones. The Nokia Lumia 520 is the international version of the Nokia Lumia 521.

      The Lumia 521 which is the USA version of the 520 supports HSPA+21

      Interesting that there’s another poster that goes by John.

      • John

        Thanks for the reply. I’ve seen the spec comparisons and each one has its strengths and weaknesses. I was looking for others opinions. Would you move from the 710 to 521? Haha well John is my name

        • John

          I would only move from the Lumia 710 to the Lumia 521 if the price was right. If you could sell the Lumia 710 for at least $115 bucks and buy the Lumia 521 for $130 bucks ($141.70 with California 9% sales tax) than I would upgrade. However, if it will cost you more than $25 bucks to upgrade than I wouldn’t. Why? Because the specs between the Lumia 710 and Lumia 521 are nearly identical with the exception of a few things. The Lumia 521 has a slightly bigger screen, better processor, windows 8, and HSPA + 21. Those are improvements over the 710, but not worth spending too much more money on since you already have the Lumia 710.

          Now if you were like one of my family members who had a Motorola v300 (basic flip phone) than it’s totally worth spending 130-150 bucks to upgrade to the Lumia 521.

          I bought that family member the Lumia521 over the weekend and they now use it on the 2nd line of my family account.

        • Ordeith

          I would move from a 710 to a 620, but not a 521.

        • fentonr

          I agree with what others said, its certainly a step up and its a cheap phone, the 710 is just fine though so its kinda up to you how bad you want a new phone. If it were me, I would get a 521. I’m using an 8x and 810 now, so I personally probably won’t get one but my mom and sister both have 710s, I plan on getting them 521s soon.

    • riopato

      521 is a considerable downgrade from the 710. That’s not just comparing hardware, but software in windows phone 8 is a horrid mess compared to windows phone 7. Zune runs better than the bastardized Xbox music. Xbox video isn’t even supported yet. Don’t even get me started about the fiasco that is syncing media to wp8… Horizontal typing is still not fully supported???

  • steveb944

    That’s an insane price. I wish I would have tracked this! I have to get 1-2 for travel and backup for myself and family. I assume this comes unlocked so I can pop in an overseas SIM?

    • John

      Nope the phone is locked to T-Mobile. However, there is no contract for this phone.

      • steveb944

        Thanks! Back up device it is.

        • John

          Glad to help.

      • tmoguy

        i bought one and there is an app preinstalled called sim unlocker or something to that effect..i believe it IS unlocked

        • John

          I bought one for a family member. Where in the phone did you find this app?

        • tmoguy

          I bought it for my best friend so i dont have it in front of me. There were four programs preinstalled if i remember correctly. They werent apps you could go to but built in. I couldnt test out the sim unlock because the only person in my family with an att phone uses a regular sim. But it is supposed to be unlocked.

  • VapidRapidRabbit

    Okay phone, but Nokia will continue to flop until they launch a flagship on all 4 major carriers.

    • riopato

      Agreed. It would also help if T-Mobile actually sells any windows phone at all.

      • http://hiepsfinance.com/ Hiep’s Finance

        They will be selling both the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 521 at both ends of the spectrum.

  • oryan_dunn

    Picked up the last one at my local Walmart. Haven’t opened it yet. I don’t really need it, just wanting to play around with WP8. Should I keep it or not? Decisions….

    • John

      depends what kind of phone did you have previously?

      Which Walmart did you get it from?

      • oryan_dunn

        I have and will continue to have an HTC Amaze as my primary phone. This will be just for heck of it.

        I just did a search on the Walmart website of local store inventory, all said ‘limited stock’, and when I got the store, they only had one.

        • John

          Why did you ask should I keep it or not?

          Then in another post you state that you have an HTC Amaze and will keep it.

          which walmart?

        • oryan_dunn

          The Walmart on Lima in Fort Wayne.

          I’m just debating if it’s worth it as a secondary backup phone. My Amaze will continue to be my primary phone.

  • riopato

    Another crap windows phone for T-Mobile. Has anyone noticed that there are no windows phone purchase option on the T-Mobile website?

    • IamDefiler

      T-Mo is getting a flagship WP soon.

      • riopato

        I’ll believe that when I see it. It’s been 2 years since windows phone been out and T-Mobile has yet to offer any type of flagship models. They’re not even selling windows phones at all on their website! You can’t even get the 521?!?

        • IamDefiler

          Actually the 521 was planned to be sold on T-Mo on the 11th. Walmart just happened to start selling them in store early.

        • riopato

          could’a, would’a, should’a. There’s no windows phone at all being offered by T-mobile’s website right now. The “account specialists” can’t even offer a refurbished phone and try to upsell either an iPhone or Android instead. We will soon see if this changes come the 11th or even after the 14th!

        • IamDefiler
        • riopato

          You don’t get it. I’m not interested with the 521. It’s a piece of cheap crap. I want to have the option of buying from T-mobile’s website any other windows phone, but I don’t have that option. That’s really annoying!

        • http://hiepsfinance.com/ Hiep’s Finance

          There will be one – the Lumia 925!

        • conservative_motorcyclist

          Does the HTC 8x not count as a flagship model?

        • riopato

          Indeed it’s HTC’s flagship. The only T-mobile flagship that currently can not be purchased from the T-mobile website

        • http://hiepsfinance.com/ Hiep’s Finance

          T-mobile will be offering the Lumia 925.

    • Ordeith

      There is no such thing as a crap Windows Phone*
      *unless it only has 4GB of storage.

    • oakdaledude

      Can’t be any more crappier then the “My Touch” family lol

  • tomarone

    This is not LTE on TMO right? I’d like to get a smaller size LTE phone for kids and there are none (at least for TMO)….bad….

    • IamDefiler

      It is HSPA+ 21. Who needs LTE for kids when you have this?

      • tomarone

        That is a good point, esp. since LTE uses more battery, but why buy a non-LTE phone when that’s the future? (and they seem to last forever) reason I suppose is to use WiFi.

        • IamDefiler

          Because it’s cheaper and it’s for your kids. If they want LTE, let them pay for it. ;)

      • JP

        its actually HSPA+ 42, according to the box. Which surprised me. Brilliantly fast on data.

  • tomarone

    I wonder can you use your GMAIL account to sign on to a windows phone and use it?

    • Fernando

      Yes when you set up an account with Microsoft you can use your Gmail account and it will also install all your contacts when you sing in in to your new windows phone

    • Ordeith

      Yes. But why would you want to?

    • JP

      Yes. So if you’re coming from an android phone and your contacts, email, etc are on google’s services, a simple signin on the phone is all you need to sync that up.

  • gnd

    I just got one of these also. have not opened it yet. I originally wanted a SG3 or Nexus 4, but can’t beat the price. Anybody have a link to a unbiased review? How is the camera. I know that there is no flash. I just want a camera that is as good as my dying Vibrant!

    • oryan_dunn

      I think for the most part, reviews of the 520 would apply here as well.

      I’m curious, if this will get WiFi calling? I know they’re testing it on the 8X.

      I really really want the 620, love the yellow/blue case that makes it green. But, it’s twice as much on import and doesn’t support AWS HSPA+.

      • gates

        yes it has wificalling

        • oryan_dunn

          That’s interesting.. so this is the first WP8 phone with WiFI calling then. I don’t think the update has been rolled out to 8X owners yet.

        • conservative_motorcyclist

          If your HTC 8x has firmware 1532.20.20010.531 (started being pushed out in March), the MicroSim in your Phone has TM9190, and your account has Wi-Fi calling enabled, a Factory reset is all that’s needed to enable Wi-Fi calling on the 8X!

    • riopato

      If you want an idea how the 521 is. Think about the crappiest android phone you ever used and you can get an idea how the 521 performs compared to it’s higher end models but in better feeling polycarbonate shell.

      • Ordeith

        Think about the crappiest android phone you have ever used and forget about it. WindowsPhone is nothing like the poorly coded android OS. It runs well, even on the 521.

        • fentonr

          Agreed. I haven’t used the 521, but I have coworkers who have and I’ve used other low end Windows Phones and they run fine. You’ll miss the flash and front facing camera, but that’s about it.

      • oakdaledude

        The 521 runs better than the crappy “My Touch” line that T-Mo has been hawking for years and it’s what? Half the price?

  • tomarone

    You have to buy the Walmart plan.

    • gnd

      Don’t think so. I bought 1 today with no problem

    • JP

      no you dont. They will ask if you want it activated in-store, but you can refuse.
      I had no problem buying one, even telling the rep i planned on sticking my existing sim card inside.
      As a plus, you CAN buy the walmart $30 plan when you activate this.

      • tomarone

        You are right. I could not believe they’d sell a $130 phone without a contract but that’s just what they are doing. A desperate move by Microsoft that might work! We love the phone except there are a couple of problems with the OS. Can’t transfer contacts, no integrated notifications. The notification bar on the top of the phone is dead (cannot swipe it down). Cannot change Microsoft accounts without resetting (and thus wiping) the phone.

        • JP

          cant transfer contacts from/to what?
          if your old phone is BT enabled, this phone can pull them via BT.
          If your old phone is an android, just sign into your google account on the lumia and sync.

          and no, you dont swipe the notifications.

  • riopato

    Has anyone noticed that there are no windows phone purchase option on the T-Mobile website?

  • tomarone

    Is it a very slow phone? even though dual-core it only has 512 MB main memory..?

    • Ordeith

      WindowsPhone is a very fast, efficient, OS. You might experience some slowness in a few apps, but never with the phone functions.

  • Timbo1

    For this price even though the resolution is really crappy I would get it just to say I have a Windows phone and something to mess around with and would be a backup in case something would happen to my daily driver.

  • JP

    Found one at a random small town walmart. For $130, i had to grab it as a backup phone.
    After playing with windows phone 7.5 and 7.8, I really like windows phone 8.
    My mobile life is too intertwined with Android to use this as a primary device, but i’ll throw a prepaid sim in it and use it for data.