Nokia Lumia 520 (AT&T Go Phone) No Annual Contract (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Best Nokia Lumia 520 AT T Go Phone No Annual Review
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Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)
What a surprise in such a cheap package!
Given the MSRP for this phone, you have to set some expectations. But then you realize it doesn’t carry a 2-year agreement. You can use this phone out of the box on an AT&T Prepaid (GoPhone) line or on AT&T postpaid (contract) plans. It comes with a Micro SIM card and GoPhone activation kit in the box.
Outstanding at the current sale price!
This is an excellent deal and value at the current 30 dollar price. Without activation, it can serve as a camera, a GPS, an MP3 player, a mini-tablet, e-reader, web browser (limited), and so on. I had no trouble using it right out of the box without any updates. So you could just use it that way if so inclined. I did two updates after playing around, first the basic 8.0 update to prepare for the 8.1, and then the Windows 8.1 update itself. The first took only about 10-15 minutes, the second over an hour (be very patient and do not rush it). However, once done, everything is working fine and there are a few new features (like being able to turn off the haptic feedback [the vibrate when you press a button feature]).
Great off contract phone at a steal of a price.
I had an iPhone 5 a year ago and then it got stolen. I can’t afford to buy another iPhone because it is off contract with AT&T and even the iPhone 4s would cost me over $350 off contract. I’ve been curious about Windows Phone 8 and thought this would be a good way to try it out. It is a Go Phone ( marketed for prepaid plans), but if you already have an AT&T post paid phone plan, simply swap in your own SIM card and it will work right out of the box with your current phone number and plan (If you have a larger SIM card you can buy a SIM cutter for under $5 and it should work fine).
Uh oh its CARRIER LOCKED what do I do with it!
If you made the mistake of purchasing this phone thinking to use it overseas, or on TMobile over here, and just discovered it is “locked” to AT&T (even though you own it and thought “no contract” meant “unlocked”), there are still a lot of useful things to do with, apart from fuming:
Perfect for an old curmudgeon like myself and an amazing bargain!
My wife and I are 77 and resisted owning or using cell phones until just last year when we bought one to use as a “travel phone.” We signed-up with Consumer Cellular (phone only) and bought a very, very cheap flip phone. She’s had problems using with the basic flip phone and so, when I saw this one for only $30 (along with the great reviews) I grabbed one. Putting it into service was as simple as removing the slick little sim card from the flip phone, snapping the micro sim (already performated for this purpose) and putting it in the 520. Nothing to it!
I like this better than the Android platform as far as …
I like this better than the Android platform as far as general usability. The new voice assistant seems to work well, it does everything I did with Siri on my iPhone, but the Windows app need smoothing out still and most of your favorite apps may not yet be on the platform. The phone seems well built, solid buttons, and I prefer this smaller and thinner size in a phone.
Great smartphone at a low price that just works!!
A few words before I begin: I USED to be an Android user and I’ve tried an iPhone but didn’t “feel the love” there either.
I really like it
Nokia always made incredible phones in terms of hardware and software and I was really sorry to see them lose market share to the point of going out of business. Nokia voice quality beats anything that is out there on the market today. Microsoft’s purchase has kept them alive and this is an incredible piece of hardware for the price. As many have noted, although AT&T won’t like to publicize it, this phone can be operated without a Sim card. You won’t be able to make phone calls or get cellular data, but it is an incredible value as a Wi-Fi only tablet, music player, real GPS with GPS chip device, email reader, camera and so much more. Insertable Sim card, replaceable battery, it’s great. Given the choice between spending $600 to $900on an iPhone or $25 on this, the decision was easy for me. The only issue with this phone is Microsoft and their updates. The actual OS is fine and reasonably intuitive. However, when I plugged this phone in, it updated itself to Windows 8.1, which just like a PC easily took a couple of hours. I then downloaded maps for the entire United States for the GPS app, and that took nearly 4 hours. iOS and android Devices do not operate like PCs in this weird Microsoft your time has no value way. Now that the phone is up and running, it is amazing and I would highly recommend it. If you want to save some money, want a really good phone which wont cause you to have a heart attack if you drop and crack it, and also have a day’s time to waste, this phone, along with it’s more expensive siblings, is a great value.
This phone is an amazing value. It features excellent build quality and a great no contract price. I happen to have a contract with AT&T and I simply put my sim card in this phone and I was up and running. It doesn’t do LTE speeds, but the faux 4G is good enough.