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    Nokia Lumia 521

    Get great features at a great value with the Nokia Lumia 521. Snap and share photos of friends and family with a 5MP camera that features special digital lenses. Experience a sleek, ultra-modern design, Windows 8 platform, and touchscreen display.

    • Connect and browse easily with the Windows 8 platform
    • Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses
    • Listen to your favorite songs with Nokia Music

    New device purchase requires a SIM Starter Kit which will be added to your order automatically.

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    Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 194 reviewers.

    full retail price

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    Features

    Lumia 521
    • Windows Phone 8

      Meet the new Windows Phone. The only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. It’s the smartphone reinvented around you. Meet yours.

    • 5 Megapixel Camera

      With quality worth printing, now you can really enjoy those special moments captured on your device. You can also share them with family and friends by sending them to any e-mail address or T-Mobile camera phone.

    • 4G capable

      Browse the Web, download content, and stream media faster on T-Mobile’s 4G network.

    • Start Screen + Live Tiles

      See what's up with your friends and family, where your next meeting is, or how many emails you got - all without leaving your Start screen. The Live Tiles on Start give you real-time updates on the stuff you care about.

    • 1 Ghz Processor

      A lightning-fast 1Ghz processor delivers the speed you want, so you can experience powerful entertainment and more right on your device.

    • 4" Touchscreen

      4" Touchscreen

    • E-mail

      Send and receive e-mail messages on your phone.

    • Edit Microsoft® Word and Excel Documents

      With Word and Excel editing capabilities, your device can be an extension of your office.

    • GPS with Navigation Capability

      Get your real-time location on maps, driving directions, and more.

    • Memory Card Slot (microSD)

      Add more memory for multimedia files, data and more. Easily take the memory card out of your device to transfer files and data to another device.

    • Office Hub

      Windows Phone has mobile versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint for working on the go.

    • People Hub

      Skim your friends' status posts, see their latest photos, or post your own updates right from the Hub - no need for separate apps.

    • Visual Voicemail

      With Visual Voicemail you can listen to your voicemail messages in any order, respond in one click and easily manage your inbox without ever dialing in to the network.

    • Wi-Fi & Mobile Calling

      Call normally, or use Wi-Fi when you don't have cellular reception.

    Specifications

    Size and Weight
    • 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
    • 4.4 ounces
    dimensions for the Nokia Lumia 521
    Operating System and Processor
    • Windows Phone 8
    Battery Life
    • 7.5 hours talk time
    • 12.5 days standby time
    Camera, Photos and Video
    • 5 Megapixel Camera
    Memory
    • 512MB RAM, 8GB ROM, Supports 64GB microSD card
    Connectivity
    • Sync methods: WiFi, USB, Skydrive
    • 4G Capable
    • Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling
    Audio and Multimedia
    • T-Mobile TV
    GPS and Apps
    • GPS enabled
    International
    • UMTS: Band IV (AWS);UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100);UMTS: Band V (850);Band II (1900);Quad Band GSM
    Hearing Aid Compatibility
    • M3 & T4
    In The Box
    • Lumia 521
    • Battery
    • Charger
    • Device
    • USB Cable
    • Micro-SIM card
    • Start Guide
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Typical Windows problems The hardware's not bad. Once I got a good case for it the problems with it leaping from my pocket were fixed. Whoever heard of a white phone?? Impossible to keep this thing clean. Every time I had to open it up to access the MicroSD card, I felt like I was going to snap it in half. Practically impossible to pry it open without losing a fingernail or two, and I'm not talking about custom manicured dainty nails, either! I could have lived with all that, though. It's a Windows phone. It reboots spontaneously without provocation. When I open an app, it'll reboot. When I just want to get to the home screen, it'll reboot. It's even rebooted when I tried to answer an incoming call! Oh, not always. Not even most of the time. But often enough that I know it has Microsoft inside. I can't recommend this on its strengths, and its weaknesses are too many. I've been trying to avoid it, but I may just have to break down and buy an iPhone this time. April 11, 2014
    Rated 5 out of 5 by greg I don't know why ppl are complaining I love this phone, its the best one I've had so far, I just wish it came with a flash above the camera. April 5, 2014
    Rated 4 out of 5 by THE PHONE IS A PIECE OF TRASH. I'VE HAD 2 REPLACEMENTS SINCE DECEMBER. HOWEVER, CUSTOMER SERVICE HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. March 29, 2014
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Great Windows Phone but 521 lacks many features. I received the unit and after fidgeting with it on the same day, I decided to send it back. I'm new to this and don't mind the Windows layout but the 521 seemed to be lacking many MANY key features that I'm used to with my old iPhone 3G and other Android devices. First off: -The keyboard doesn't vibrate when I text (no way of setting). -There are no Finance/Stock display, -Can't set up my AOL mail but forced to use Google, MS, or Nokia, etc... These are rather small issues; like there's no Flash and front-facing camera (for video conferencing). What taunted me the most to initiate the return was was the dialing pad; You can't set the volume tone, it is loud and only work accordingly with the ringer volume. So if you want a higher ring then the dial-pad will BEEP louder as you press. It also emits a crack, crackle/popping sound every time I punch a key. Also, there are no Speed Dialing option. I use that feature a lot. I have bad reception inside my home but the device seemed to pick up well. Wifi-Calling is a great feature and immediately help boost the signal from 3 to full bars! Voice calls sounded crystal-clear - both on regular and Wifi-Calling, but 4G Network is iffy and keeps dropping to 2G or reverting to none. In this sense my old iPhone 3G stays connected consistently. Voice texting is another plus. Construction is fairly nice for a lightweight phone. I didn't care much for the thin light piece of plastic battery cover and the battery fitting is overly tight. The sim card is also impossible to remove once slid in. The battery held up pretty well with either wi-fi or data turned on. A good number of reviewers here and there seemed to have problems with the device resetting itself, not able to turn on, or just straight out died. This can be troublesome if the battery needed to be removed for resetting. Camera quality is fairly good so long as there is enough light. An overall great basic phone except for the flaws mentioned. March 27, 2014
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