Lumia 520 on sale for only $39.99 with no contract

Switching smartphone platforms can be a challenging experience. If you are deeply embedded with iOS or Android, spending a couple hundred bucks and signing a two year contract to dip your toes into the Windows Phone experience may not be an easy pill to swallow. But, if you want to try out Windows Phone and don’t want to spend all your Christmas cheddar, you can pick up a Lumia 520 for $39.99.

That’s right, on Amazon, you can buy a Lumia 520, with no contract, for $39.99 which is an absolute steal. Need further convincing? You can read our review here.

Sure, the specs may not be top of the line but Microsoft has done a great job of optimizing the hardware and software for the Windows Phone that results in even low-end devices having an optimal experience. If you are on the fence about Windows Phone, this is about as cheap as it will ever get (unless you sign a two year contract) for buying into the Windows Phone ecosystem.

No word on inventory at this time but we suggest if you want to get in on this deal, you better act quick. Additionally, unlocking an AT&T device isn't the easiest thing to do and if you were hoping to use this device on another carrier, you should look into the process before purchasing.

[Update] It looks like Amazon has sold out or already raised the price of the 520; the sale lasted for about 7 hours.

Buy: Lumia 520 for $39.99

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I've had the 620 for nearly a year, and my mum was recently looking for her first smartphone and ended up getting the 520 - the prices are deceptive, they're both really great phones... personally the only reason I couldn't have the 520 is lack of camera flash, otherwise it's perfect.

I bought two of these from our local Microsoft Store when they were $59.99. My kids are using them wifi only for games and photography. They were a steal at that price.

And by the way, parental controls where automatically enabled on them based on my kids ages. Pretty awesome, though we were wondering why my three year old couldn't install the same apps as my six year old. Turns out there is an EC rating (early childhood) and as such he didn't have access to E for Everyone. I changed it, but still, pretty cool!

Forjo said,
I bought two of these from our local Microsoft Store when they were $59.99. My kids are using them wifi only for games and photography. They were a steal at that price.

And by the way, parental controls where automatically enabled on them based on my kids ages. Pretty awesome, though we were wondering why my three year old couldn't install the same apps as my six year old. Turns out there is an EC rating (early childhood) and as such he didn't have access to E for Everyone. I changed it, but still, pretty cool!

I didn't know that. Thanks for the info (not that I have children, lol)

When I got a 521, I tried to use the Wifi while waiting for my number to transfer, and it wouldn't work. If I brought up the browser, I could only get the T-Mobile marketing page. There may have been a way around it but the phone activated soon after that, so I didn't have much to play with it.

Mr. Hand said,
When I got a 521, I tried to use the Wifi while waiting for my number to transfer, and it wouldn't work. If I brought up the browser, I could only get the T-Mobile marketing page. There may have been a way around it but the phone activated soon after that, so I didn't have much to play with it.

Ours are in airplane mode so it doesn't talk to AT&T (though I did turn on the radio briefly a few days ago so it would set the time -- weird that I had to do that).

Otherwise have had no trouble connecting, Skyping (minus the front-facing camera), e-mailing, and downloading and using apps.

My older son loves how the pictures he takes from the phone show up on his laptop or one of the Surfaces (whichever he happens to be using) without him having to do anything. Skydrive integration really does rock.

Awww, I got there a bit too late. It's not at 99$. I was gonna get one for my mom. Oh well, she┬┤ll be getting my 620 next summer while I get either a 920 for the pureview camera or a midrange 2014 WP (630 or 730, hopefully one that has an a53 cpu).

Still showing as out-of-stock. I was still able to order it at $40 and it will ship when available. That's awesome, I didn't even need another phone but it's good to have a backup.

What's the news? If anyone follows deal sites, this phone has been on sale MANY times since Black Friday from $35-$49. Nothing new, but still a FANTASTIC deal on an unlocked smartphone.

That's a third-party seller.

Amazon.com is out of stock but still listed for $39.99, so when they do get them in stock you will have your price locked-in if you order.

Lord Method Man said,
That's a third-party seller.

Amazon.com is out of stock but still listed for $39.99, so when they do get them in stock you will have your price locked-in if you order.


Oh, thanks! I didn't realize that. Any info if I can unlock the phone easily if I were to use it internationally?

Wuuuuutt? I might have to get one to play with and as a backup phone!!

EDIT - Out of stock at the Amazon price of $39.99 so now they showing other sellers by default. I ordered it from Amazon instead for that price so hopefully they get another shipment to fulfill my order.

Edited by Roger H., Dec 20 2013, 2:55pm :

As far as I know with AT&T you must pay a fee to carrier unlock the Lumia 520, unless you've had service with them for 24 months in which you can get one for free. T-Mobile isn't much better regarding this.

Grinch said,
For T-Mobile users, there are 16 left (as of this post) of a $99.74 Nokia Lumia 521: http://goo.gl/XcXPwC

Wish they do that for T-Mobile but they will not do that because T-Mobile users are more likely to buy a low end phone verse an ATT user will not that is why it's so cheap on ATT side.

They originally had the Lumia 521 on sale for $54.99 but they bumped it up after a mass swarm of purchases I'm guessing.

For $40 I would buy one. I probably wouldn't substitute it for my main Android device, but it would be good to have a play around with.

techbeck said,
I would to. But dont think it is available on Verizon.

A device like this would be cheaper to use a prepaid plan than shoving it onto a Verizon contract. For the $30+ to add it, you could get additional data over your Verizon plan.

It is strange seeing this level phone become 'disposable'.

Mobius Enigma said,

A device like this would be cheaper to use a prepaid plan than shoving it onto a Verizon contract. For the $30+ to add it, you could get additional data over your Verizon plan.

It is strange seeing this level phone become 'disposable'.

i already have a contract so not going to pay for a pre-paid service as well. If this was available on Verizon, i can switch over what phone I use online.

techbeck said,

i already have a contract so not going to pay for a pre-paid service as well. If this was available on Verizon, i can switch over what phone I use online.


Did you not read my comment or are you having a bad day? I understand you are with Verizon... I have a Verizon account as well.

However, for a PREPAID phone like this, you can get a CHEAPER month to month contract than it would be to add it on to your existing plan and have to share additional data with it because of how Verizon structures your plan.

If you wanted to add a phone to your Verizon contract, you can get virtually any WP device for free already, so this no-contract price would be worthless to put on a Verizon account.

In other words, getting an additional 'plan' for a phone like this doesn't matter if you have Verizon or not. If you have use for the phone, the cost isn't going to be more to have a new prepaid plan.

I do have Verizon as my main personal contract, but I also have ATT and a couple of prepaid accounts I use for various devices/phones that I use periodically and can turn on and off.

Mobius Enigma said,

Did you not read my comment or are you having a bad day? I understand you are with Verizon... I have a Verizon account as well.

I read your comment just fine. I am not going to pay for a pre-paid service that I do not need. If this was available on Verizon, then I would just switch my main phone from time to time to give another platform a try. So I would only have one phone activated/in use at a time.