T-Mobile compatible Lumia 1520 available through third parties

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It often feels with T-Mobile that Windows Phone fans don’t get a lot of love. Currently on the T-Mobile online store, the only options for Nokia Lumia are the 925 and the budget-friendly 521. Neither the 1020 or the 1520 are available directly. But, if you fancied one Nokia’s impressive Windows Phone phablets, it turns out there is a way to grab one after all.

Having delved through his site’s forums, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central points out that there is a T-Mobile compatible version available for sale through third parties. Dubbed the Lumia 1520.3 due to its differing band compatibilities, the Nokia device is available in black from Negri Electronics and New Egg. Until now, the 1520 itself wasn’t built to work with T-Mobile’s frequencies, so it’s nice to see one made to play nice with Magenta’s network.

It’s carrier unlocked, and is only available in the one color as of right now. The downside: You’ll need to cough up over $620 to get one. And with it coming through third party stores, and not T-Mobile direct, there’s no EIP available. So, better get saving if you really want one.

Via: WPCentral

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  • 21stNow

    Thanks for posting this. I wanted one last year but after holding one in the AT&T store, I think that it’s too big for me for practical use. I went for a Lumia 925 instead.

  • TMOguy

    I think I read other places on the web that there are glitches with this option – like you can’t get wifi tethering to work, even if you have that SOC on your account. I am guessing it also wouldn’t have stuff like WiFi calling. Does anyone else have any info on that?

    • BlackJu

      there is a trick to get tethering to work by switching the keyboard language, but I am having trouble getting this to work after the 8.1 preview update.

      • lifeisgr84all

        Did you try to install access point app???

  • lifeisgr84all

    I am using it with T-Mobile and loving it, everything is working except wifi calling .
    I hate that T-mobile support techs refused to help me with Nokia 1520 but thanx different posts online i got it to work….awesome device

    • Alex Zapata

      TMO’s WiFi calling only works with TMO devices that have the custom firmware required to make it work.

      • lifeisgr84all

        Wifi calling isnt important to me but Internet Sharing was the most important feature that was needed and was unhappy with T-mobile tech support for not helping me in this matter, but anyway i got it to work also.

        • Alex Zapata

          Ah, perhaps I misread. I know that feeling though. TMO customer support isn’t always the best……

      • notyourbusiness

        Exactly. This was why I jumped on the 925 when it started getting so cheap at Newegg. It’s my only phone with Wi-Fi calling since I was using a Rogers 920 and the 810 before that. If I’m using a phone without Wi-Fi calling though, I just use HeyWire to text people.

  • Mofay

    Love my 925, at 4.5 the screen is the perfect size for one hand use. Wouldn’t want it a millimeter bigger.

    • Pedro

      That’s not what ….

      Ok. Ok.

      • mofay

        Lolol!

  • BlackJu

    I broke down and got an unlocked att version. No qi or aws but it was also much cheaper.

  • tmobile

    does it work with 1700 MHz band also?

    • BlackJu

      Yes

      • tmobile

        thanks.

  • Allen Enriquez

    Will if anyone knows or remembers T-MOBILE did give a fighting chance to Windows phones, but it started to fade away, now it seems people want them back.

  • Marcelo_L

    I would’ve preferred if they supported the1020. I know that supposedly there’s a version of it for Rogers Canada that apparently has the TMo bands, but it’s ungodly expensive (What? I can’t think that $620 is a ridiculous price? Of course it is!).

    And the new 635? Oh please…..on WP8, if the handset doesn’t have 1Gb of RAM you miss out on a lot of apps (probably why I haven’t broken down and bought a 521, as cheap as they are).

    If TMo were serious about WP8, it would’ve dropped the price on the 925 a long time ago, and brought in their own model of the 1020 for the high end. WP8 has a lot of ground to cover before it can catch up to the Android/iOS juggernauts.

    • BlackJu

      Please list the apps you want that have that memory requirement. It is usually the case that apps and games requiring 1 Gb of team are soon optimized for 512 Mb.

    • Joe

      I don’t think that T-Mobile has any say in being able to get the 1020. As long as Microsoft/Nokia will allow ATT to pay for exclusivity rights to the high-end smartphones, T-mo users are shit outta luck.
      I’m also not convinced Microsoft is even trying to catch up to Android and iOS. According to the CEO of MS, the windows phone is just one part of the windows ecosystem. Phones are an insignificant part of their business. I’m sure they’re content to have a reliable 5% of the smartphone market. Believe it or not, tech companies can be successful by doing things besides phones.

  • Sean

    The phone is available from Negri in Black, White & Yellow. The previous version works on T-Mobile, but isn’t the best possible alternative for having access to all LTE bands which the 1520.3 provides. You will lose wifi calling and tethering. The phone works awesome on the network and Negri Electronics is a reputable company in my experience. Staff at my T-Mobile store cut my sim down to a nano sim at no charge and made sure everything was working accurately. I believe the phone is a solid value for what you get.

    • BlackJu

      And from what I saw in those posts, it has a valid US warranty.

    • spartanjet

      Are you sure tethering wont work? I can’t see why it wouldn’t its built into windows 8/8.1 and these phones can use 8.1 after a few updates.

      • Sean

        The tethering is something that is connected to T-Mobile like the wifi devices from what I was told by T-Mobile technicians. I’m unable to use it.

        • Derrick Ford

          Nope….it is tide to the sim card and your account. Wifi Tethering works if your PLAN allows it

        • Sean

          Sorry Derrick, it doesn’t. I have 3GB of tethering monthly and it doesn’t work. F you have an international unlocks phone on T-Mobile try it, it doesn’t work.

        • Derrick Ford

          So, why with my APN set correctly does it work for me??? Now, I do have the older Value Plan that has 5 gb total, but includes Wifi Tether. I can use the entire 5 gig tethering if I want. You must have one of their new plans.

        • Derrick Ford

          Also… I did the 8.1 update right away. Maybe that’s the difference. All is good with my 1520.3!

        • Sean

          I’d love to hear how you did it Derrick, always ready to learn. I was told it wasn’t possible. I have a 1520.3 from Negri and T-Mobile said not possible. I have a new plan that I changed to recently. Tell me about the AP your using?

        • Derrick Ford

          APN: fast.t-mobile.com

          MMS URL: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc

          Port: 80

          If not, it must be your particular plan. Again, my 5gb data plan includes tethering in its total usage. The new plans have separate tethering allotments. In other words for me Tmobile doesn’t care how I use the 5gb of data before they throttle me down to 2g.

        • Derrick Ford
        • Lwin Maung

          You need to find the .3 rom and flash it. It’ll work then ;)

        • notyourbusiness

          Try the Spanish keyboard hack and then reboot the phone. You can then put English back for the keyboard and tethering should work.

    • Buster Nutwell

      So this phone will not have wifi calling…?

      • Sean

        It doesn’t work on an unlocked phone.

    • notyourbusiness

      If I’m not mistaken, some people on WPCentral have managed to get tethering working on the 1520.3. You wouldn’t “lose” Wi-Fi calling because it doesn’t have it to begin with.

  • spartanjet

    I’m super tempted to buy but with the new hardware + windows 8.1 literally right around the corner I just can’t justify the price for 6+ month old phone. Had this been 6 months ago I would not have hesitated. Again Tmo better get a high end Windows 8.1 phone here or I’m gone. Would have liked it in red as well.

    • notyourbusiness

      If you buy this 1520.3, you’ll still get it updated to 8.1.

      • spartanjet

        But not the new hardware. Thats really the point not the OS I know its upgradable to 8.1 its still got last gen hardware.

        • Joe

          It’s 8 months after this post, and I still don’t consider a 2.2 GHz quad core processor to be last gen. New phones still aren’t shipping with more power. Cell phone people can only see the world in 6 month intervals, but normal people realize that this is a device that can be used for years. There’s a reason why the price still remains high – because this phone is not a disposable handset like the iPhone and Galaxy.

    • Lwin Maung

      I have a 925 and 1520 that is running fine on 8.1. Cortana is fun.

  • tmobile

    is there any other sites besides negri and newegg out there

    • notyourbusiness

      Expansys-USA and GSMNation. But Negri seems to be the best of those three.

  • Ordeith

    Easier (and cheaper) to just get it from AT&T and use it on AIO.

    • Derrick Ford

      No thanks… Can’t use Internet Sharing on AIO!!! Plus, prices are pretty much the same, yet Tmobile offers an Unlimited Data Option – if you so choose.

      • Ordeith

        Internet sharing works fine on AIO. It is only a paper restriction, they do nothing to prevent it. And Cricket explicitly allows it so it will be interesting to see what happens as they merge together.

        AIO is also cheaper, giving you 5gb/unlimited for. $55. While T-Mobile will give you 3Gb for $60. and AIO’s throttled rates are twice that of T-Mobile.

        T-Mobile does have a pricy unlimited option, but is it worth paying for? How much do you actually use? I average about 1.7Gb a month.

        Oh and AIO actually has the coverage that will let you use it. That’s a big plus there.

        • Derrick Ford

          Nope… I friend of mine has his turned off. So, Again No Wifi Hotspot!

          https://www.aiowireless.com/legal-info/wireless-application-terms/wi-fi-eula.html (Specifically section 2.2) So, be prepared to have it shut off for you too!

          He has since switched to Tmobile for the Better!

          I personally use over 5 gigs a month fairly consistently. Plus, where I live and commute coverage is GREAT! It also helps to be on the Nations Fastest LTE Network that utilizes MiMo tech.

          Aio doesn’t cut it – sorry!

  • Corey

    I’m gonna keep rocking my 810(the lovely phone Tmo stopped supporting{521 is my backup}) and save up for the 1520.3