- 1GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB Internal Memory
- 4" 800x400 IPS Screen w/ 5MP Rear Camera
- 1430mAh Battery
- Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS
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This phone is compatible with pre-paid / no-contract providers other than T-Mobile as well. Compare no-contract / prepaid plans at AllPrepaidPlans.com . Cheapest unlimited talk+text+100MB data is $30 / month.
T-Mobile MVNOs (service resellers): GIV, GoSmart, TracFone, Lycamobile*, MetroPCS, PTel, Ready SIM, StraightTalk, Solavei, Simple Mobile, Ultra Mobile
AT&T MVNOs*: AirVoice, good2GO, H20, NET10, Red Pocket, TracFone, StraightTalk and Cricket.
*Lycamobile and all AT&T MVNOs will require sim unlock
The cheapest "Pay As You Go" providers from the above list are (ebay for sim cards 99¢):
Lycamobile [2¢/4¢/6¢ for talk/text/data respectively]
Ptel [5¢/2¢/10¢ for talk/text/data respectively]
airvoice wireless [4¢/2¢/6¢ for talk/text/data respectively]
good2go-mobile [5¢/5¢/50¢ for talk/text/data respectively]
h2o-wireless [5¢/5¢/30¢ for talk/text/data respectively] (Upgraded to 10¢/MB data according to H2O homepage)
SIM's from carriers that use T-mobile's network cannot be used with an AT&T GoPhone without unlocking the device. In addition, to get 3G/HSPA+ speeds on T-Mobile your phone needs to have both the 1700 and 2100 frequencies. T-Mobile MVNOs like Lyca/PTEL also use 1700/1900. The Lumia 520 GoPhone from AT&T does not have the 1700 Mhz frequency. AT&T uses the 850 and 1900 Mhz frequencies, the Lumia 521 has both, so AT&T 3G will work on the 521, if unlocked.
T-Mobile is adding support for 3G on the 1900 Mhz frequency as part of their LTE upgrades, which also uses 1700 Mhz. In those areas you should be able to get 3G, you can find a map here that shows locations where T-Mobile has refarmed the 1900 Mhz frequency to support 3G.
Lumia 521 (+)
- HD Voice
- WiFi Calling on T-Mobile
- WCDMA band 1700/2100 AWS 3G/4G support
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