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Nokia Lumia 521 (Metro PCS)

2.8 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews
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  • Display: 4-inches
  • Camera: 5-MP
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • OS: Windows
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 2.52 inches, 0.39 inches, 4.88 inches
  • Weight: 4.32 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 420 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 400 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Important: This device is designed to be used with a mini-UICC SIM card, also known as a micro- SIM card only. A micro-SIM card is smaller than the standard SIM card. Use of incompatible SIM cards, or use of SIM card adapters, may damage the card or the device, and may corrupt data stored on the card. Use only compatible memory cards approved for use with this device. Incompatible cards may damage the card and the device and corrupt data stored on the card. Your phone supports memory cards with a capacity of up to 64 GB. With a Microsoft account, you can access Microsoft services with a single username and password on your computer or phone. You can also use the same username and password on your Xbox. With your Microsoft account, you can, for example: • Download content from Store • Back up your contacts • Upload, store, and share pictures and documents. • Back up your phone on SkyDrive. • Play Xbox games • Get your avatar and gaming achievements on your phone, and add to them when you play games on your phone • Keep track of and lock your lost phone with Find My Phone • Get feeds from social networking services to your People hub Your Nokia account is the key to Nokia services. With your Nokia account, you can, for example: • Access Nokia services with a single username and password on your computer or phone. • Buy music from Nokia Music • Sync your favorites in Maps • Download content from Nokia services • Save details about your phone model and contact info. You can also add your payment card details to your Nokia account. The available services may vary. To learn more about the Nokia account and Nokia services, go to account.nokia.com.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.5 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches
Item Weight 4.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number Lumia 521
Customer Reviews
2.8 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #24,901 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
#230 in Cell Phones & Accessories > Carrier Cell Phones
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By alanhouston TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 8, 2013
Back in 2013, the Nokia Lumia 521 was a great basic smartphone at its low $49 price at MetroPcs stores. This version of the Lumia 521 is LOCKED to MetroPCS so carefully verify the quality of Metro's signal in your neighborhood using the coverage map on the MetroPcs website BEFORE you buy a MetroPcs phone.

WARNING: As of 2015, the Lumia 521 has been DISCONTINUED by MetroPcs and it is available only as a "used" phone. Because these "used" phones may be locked to the prior owner's account, it may be be IMPOSSIBLE to activate the 521 on your MetroPcs account. If you do not have a MetroPcs account, there is ZERO chance that you can activate this phone.

NOTE: In 2015, Lumia 521 has been replaced by the FAR SUPERIOR Lumia 640 LTE, which has fast 4g LTE, dual cameras, a big five inch screen, 4G LTE for fast data speeds, and it includes a long life battery. The Lumia 640 LTE has Windows Mobile 8.1 and will receive a free upgrade to Windows Mobile 10 in December 2015. BONUS: the new Lumia 640 LTE sells for just $59 at AT&T stores, Microsoft stores, and "big box" stores.

The Lumia 521 uses Windows 8, NOT Android. Window 8 provides an easy to use introduction to smartphones for people upgrading from a basic dumb phone. The Lumia 521 and Windows 8 make it easy to make phone calls, send text messages and check email. The 521 is NOT for the folks who think they need 5,000 apps, or who play 3D action games, nor can it substitute for an expensive camera. People who are in love with the apps on their current Android phone or their Apple iPhone will be frustrated not finding their favorite app in the Windows App Store.

The camera take adequate photos in bright sunlight, but it has no flash for indoor photos.
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This is a feature packed phone for the price. For under one hundred dollars, users get a great smart phone on a great network and in addition, no one is locked down to a two year contract. I tried to cover as much as i could in the video review, but due to file size limitations, i maxed out if i exceed a three minute video review. I am a huge Windows OS fan. I think their OS is great and offers users a different experience. It is NOT the most exciting OS out there, but at the same time, it is a very solid OS and runs very smoothly. It is not a battery hog or glitchy like the Android OS. My pros and cons are below. I know my cons list might be a bit long, but remember that you are getting a lot for the price. Feel free to ask me any questions and i'll be happy to respond.

- Price (A smartphone under one hundred dollars and no contract)
- T-Mobile network after merging with Metro PCS
- 4G (HSPA Plus Network no 4G LTE but faster than 3G)
- Built in Wi-Fi
- Mobile HotSport Feature
- T-Mobile's awesome affordable plans
- Wi-Fi Calling after merging with T-Mobile
- Windows OS
- Features packed smart phone for the price
- LCD display (LCD is brighter than AMOLED displays)
- Expandable memory up to 64GB via micro SD card
- 720P Video recording on the phones built in camcorder

- No HD display
- Display is 4 inches (5.2 inches would be perfect)
- No front facing camera for video chats
- A larger battery
- Not a 13 megapixel camera
- No flash on the camera
- No Starbucks or Hangouts App yet
- No 4G LTE (Runs on HSPA Plus which is faster than 3G)
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I was expecting only a tolerable experience with this Nokia 521 MetroPCS Windows8 phone. I'd had a Samsung NOTE for almost 2 years and enjoyed Android/Google interface, but wanted to save money so I switched from AT&T to Metro PCS, and I figured the no-contract, cheapest-offered Nokia (Only $89.00 on Amazon!!!!) would be a low risk entry point. After using this phone for a month I have to conclude that it's easily and by a large margin the best cell/smartphone experience I've ever had. Truly I wasn't expecting this Nokia and Windows8 to be such a breath of fresh air. Firstly the mechanical functions of this Nokia are mercifully simple to understand right out of the box. I'd read that some people are confused by Windows8, and I realize everyone's brain works differently, but this interface speaks my language, I guess. It's easy to look at, easy to hold, elegant or nothing fancy, depending on your personal taste. The row of physical buttons are placed at the lower end of an incline curvature that makes accidental turning off and on of the phone difficult. One of the physical buttons is the camera shutter, like a real camera has, so no more tapping at a touch screen to take a snap. (No flash though, but still manages decent shots, even in low-ish light) The screen is only two-thirds of the size of my Samsung Note's screen, but the Windows interface places multi sized app boxes atop each other that scroll/float up and down with gentle swipes. The boxes are customizable so although my eyesight is only average to getting older I can read what's on the screen without strain, the navigation feels effortless.
What don't I like?
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