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Nokia Lumia 520 Unlocked GSM Dual-Core Windows 8 Smartphone 8GB – Red


The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with digital lenses built in – exclusive to Nokia and guaranteed to wow your friends.

$ 94.99


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  1. 154 of 164 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really, really nice phone, December 28, 2013
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    David

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    I really like this phone. And I’m very much liking the Windows Phone OS. I’ve used Android for years, but this is just so clean and solid. Lots of the apps I was using on Android are available on WinPhone OS now, and the Nokia apps like maps and Driving aid are excellent (like you can download maps by state or country to have offline — makes the data streaming much lighter). Also some new apps just showed up (like Microsoft solitaire) that completed stuff I was looking for. Nokia also has upgraded their suit of apps, and the new camera beta is really powerful. Hard to believe you get all this for such a good price. Did I mention the replaceable battery, or the microSD card slot for storing pictures, videos, and music? Even has an FM radio built in — not an Internet one (which it can do too), but a real radio, which is just cool. Also saves on data streaming if there’s a radio nearby you like to listen to. (BTW, I got an unlocked one because I don’t use ATT and I travel to Asia a lot. It was just as advertised. I believe it came from Malaysia as the system languages out-of-the-box were English, Chinese, and Malay. But it is easy to add other system languages to this WinPhone. I did it.

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  2. 90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Price; performance; SD card. A terrific value., November 6, 2013
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    [Updated Dec 2014 after 1 year]

    I got an unlocked Nokia 520 (4-band GSM, int’l) for $150 from Hasslefree Cell via Amazon. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I installed a TMobile prepaid SIM card. I’ve bought a few apps from the MS App Store and have learned some things that may help others now, so I’ll discuss them briefly.

    I wanted a basic phone with media player capabilities, at low cost. I have all “connectedness” turned off and so can’t comment on the Facebook etc apps, nor on the maps and GPS. I have WiFi ‘on’ only when I’m downloading apps. I put in a 32GB SD card because I wasn’t sure how well it all would work; in retrospect 64GB would be justified. The phone came with Windows Phone 8 which subsequently upgraded easily to WP 8.1,

    I originally bought YXPlayer to watch videos, but it had issues and stopped working completely with WP 8.1. So I switched to Moliplayer Pro which seems fine. The 520’s bundled music player will play MP3s directly, but still without a dragbar, and space on the phone is limited. If you use that app you’ll want to properly tag the files (Artist, Album, Track Name) so the player can sort them out.

    I bought Fiction Book Reader which handles .MOBI and .EPUB books just fine. To use it, first put the book files on the root (not in a subfolder) of the SD card. Then use the down-arrow button within FBR to import the file into FBR’s workspace in the phone’s memory.

    I was worried that the 4″ screen might be too small for films or even books, but it’s just big enough. A 4.3″ phone would be better, but this is pretty cool: personal theater in the palm of your hand. Perfect for travel, especially with the ability to use a local SIM card in almost any country.

    Most reviews of the 520 oddly omit the MS Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) tools that come with the phone! With these you can view existing documents and make text and spreadsheet cell value changes. I find this amazing on such a tiny device. Windows Phone 8.1 seems to have added the ability to read and write these docs to the SD card, which is great, plus they can be retrieved from SkyDrive.

    The WP8.1 upgrade added the “Cortana” voice-recognition app. This relies on the internet for almost everything, and is generally useless to me personally since I don’t maintain connectivity. Because my phone was evidently redirected from the Malaysian market I had to change a few settings for Cortana to appear in the apps list. Key among these were to have the region set to US; to have US (not UK) English at the top of the language list; and have US keyboard at the top of its list.

    I wanted Cortana enabled because it includes “Quiet Time” which at last lets me specify the only phone numbers that I want to get calls from. To do this, create each of your special numbers as a Contact; then select them individually to create an “Inner Circle” group. I set Quiet Hours to “On” with schedule “Everyday” and active from 10AM – 10AM i.e. 24/7. I enabled the options to let my Inner Circle break through, along with anyone who calls twice in three minutes. Finally… spam phone calls are stopped. They would still go to voice mail but I turned that off too, pending a fatal virus that affects only telemarketers.

    Why a simple whitelist isn’t native to Windows Phone 8 is beyond me, but at least I have it now.

    WP8.1 also added the ability (or I missed it earlier) of installing or moving apps from the internal storage to the microSD card. With a 64GB chip your pocket device can have hundreds of TV shows, audiobooks, ebooks, apps, pictures etc.

    Overall the Nokia 520 represents amazing value; probably unbeatable if your needs are like mine. Especially since the price has now (Dec 2014) dropped to $80! I love it.

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  3. 29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Top budget smartphone, May 30, 2014
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    Rubén E (Venezuela) –

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    Why did you choose this rating?

    For the price is the BEST smartphone you can get.

    When you have it in your hands you do not believe it has been so cheap.

    What did you like or dislike?

    PROS:
    Windows Phone 8 is very cute and run smoothly most of the time.
    Camera and Nokia apps make a great job with good light.
    Here Drive app is the best GPS app in any platform I tried.

    PS: If you want 3G 850/1900 you may choose model RM-915 (AT&T, Venezuelan Movistar, Movilnet) or RM-917. If you want 3G 900/2100 you may choose model RM-914.

    CONS:
    No led flash.
    Lacks of apps in marketplace.

    Who would you recommend this to?

    Yes, I recommend this phone for those who need to stay connected and don’t want to spend much money.

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