Lumia 521 sells out again at HSN, Walmart

The recently launched Lumia 521 has sold out only hours after it became available for purchase at Walmart. The Lumia 521, known outside the U.S. as the Lumia 520, is Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone handset. It is a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device with a 5-Megapixel front camera that comes with removable colored shells.

In the U.S the phone first launched a couple of weeks ago on HSN and it quickly sold out. The stock was resupplied but now it's listed once again as sold out. The same thing happened over at Walmart with the phone becoming unavailable only hours after launch thanks to its $129 price tag.

The Lumia 521 is just the latest effort from Nokia to bring higher quality devices to low price points. This strategy seems to have been successful so far with early reports showing that these low-end phones are selling quite well. The 521 looks like a hit already but we'll have to wait and see how many devices Nokia actually sells by the end of the quarter.

Via: WPCentral Source: Walmart, HSN

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srprimeaux said,
512MB? Eek.
Good response for an Android phone. WP8 runs fine on 512MB. Just a few apps won't work on 512MB, but the OS runs perfectly and for $130 what more do you expect?

mrp04 said,
Good response for an Android phone. WP8 runs fine on 512MB. Just a few apps won't work on 512MB, but the OS runs perfectly and for $130 what more do you expect?

I believe the average consumer should be aware of the limitations that 512MB brings to the phone. And "it's cheap what do you expect" is not a good defense. Since this phone is being advertised to the consumer, they should be told that some apps won't run on the phone before they buy it. Simple common courtesy.

MeowPurr said,

There may be 2 or 3 apps in the marketplace that don't work with 512mb. No big deal.

So far, but as more apps/games are developed and more developers restrict it to 1GB the 512MB limit will be felt.

srprimeaux said,

I believe the average consumer should be aware of the limitations that 512MB brings to the phone. And "it's cheap what do you expect" is not a good defense. Since this phone is being advertised to the consumer, they should be told that some apps won't run on the phone before they buy it. Simple common courtesy.

Yeah...cause that's all consumers care about. Not making phone calls, texting, browsing the internet, listening to music, getting directions, managing email and social networks, taking pictures, recording video, or anything else you can do with a smartphone. Average consumers will be completely turned off by the relatively small 512 MB of memory this phone possesses.

But hey, at least all Apple and Android phones and OSs allow you access to the full libraries of their respective app stores... <_<

MrHistamine said,

Yeah...cause that's all consumers care about. Not making phone calls, texting, browsing the internet, listening to music, getting directions, managing email and social networks, taking pictures, recording video, or anything else you can do with a smartphone. Average consumers will be completely turned off by the relatively small 512 MB of memory this phone possesses.

But hey, at least all Apple and Android phones and OSs allow you access to the full libraries of their respective app stores... <_<

You'll be surprised how many people will not buy a phone because one of their apps won't work. You underestimate the modern consumer.

srprimeaux said,

You'll be surprised how many people will not buy a phone because one of their apps won't work. You underestimate the modern consumer.


Dude, this is a $129 smartphone off contract. It already does way more than any other phone at that price point. Now shut the **** up.

srprimeaux said,

You'll be surprised how many people will not buy a phone because one of their apps won't work. You underestimate the modern consumer.

You're mistaking "modern consumers" with fanmonsters. Most average consumers (the consumers in which you originally referred to) want an OS that works without issue; whether or not the phone can utilize a specific app, isn't very high on their wishlist. That's why most wireless carriers (as well as their customers) are reluctant to upgrade their OSs.

wow, $180 minimum for 3 months service, and another $75 to unlock my iPhone - no wonder a $130 unlocked backed by the famouos nokia name is flying off shelves.

I'm afraid of fragmentation that might happen soon. Lower end devices come with 512mb ram but the thing is that most apps being released on the market place right now need 1gb of ram. For instance Temple run on Android and iOS will run fine on a device with 512mb ram but the same is not true for WP8. Temple run might be one example but there are plenty of other apps which do this so people with lower end WP8 devices are not able to enjoy all apps/games. I'm not blaming Microsoft or Nokia here but i'm thinking that this is something which they didn't realize or took into account.

StandingInAlley said,
Android and iOS will run fine on a device with 512mb ram but the same is not true for WP8.
Actually a WP phone with 512MB only runs faster than an Android or iPhone device with the same amount of RAM. This is an unfortunate limitation of some apps and games, but most developers are working on fixing their apps to work with 512MB.

StandingInAlley said,
I'm afraid of fragmentation that might happen soon. Lower end devices come with 512mb ram but the thing is that most apps being released on the market place right now need 1gb of ram. For instance Temple run on Android and iOS will run fine on a device with 512mb ram but the same is not true for WP8. Temple run might be one example but there are plenty of other apps which do this so people with lower end WP8 devices are not able to enjoy all apps/games. I'm not blaming Microsoft or Nokia here but i'm thinking that this is something which they didn't realize or took into account.

That's more like Android and iPhone Apps. WP manages to run pretty much the same apps with a lower spec. Microsoft knows how to engineer.

Hopefully MSFT remembered to stock more than 1 device this time.
Good to see Nokia burning through their cash pile faster than a melting snow cone in hell.

Over the past two quarters Nokia have made a profit of $400m. Since Q1 2012 their Net cash and other liquid assets has only shrunk by $400m to $4.48BN and has been growing over the last three quarters. So Nokia haven't been burning through their cash reserves, they are growing.

recursive said,
Hopefully MSFT remembered to stock more than 1 device this time.
Good to see Nokia burning through their cash pile faster than a melting snow cone in hell.

Another attempt to troll, if you had even 1/100 the brain power of a normal over 12 year old you would know that Nokia stock the phones not Microsoft. Which leads me to believe you are either under 12 and shouldn't be on the internet or you just suffer from a severe mental handicap.

Gaffney said,
Over the past two quarters Nokia have made a profit of $400m. Since Q1 2012 their Net cash and other liquid assets has only shrunk by $400m to $4.48BN and has been growing over the last three quarters. So Nokia haven't been burning through their cash reserves, they are growing.

+1 Why do people always talk without knowing the facts?

recursive said,
Hopefully MSFT remembered to stock more than 1 device this time.
Good to see Nokia burning through their cash pile faster than a melting snow cone in hell.

true. maybe they sold 2 this time

usuz said,

true. maybe they sold 2 this time

Hahahahahahhahahahha, you're so funny! Keep up the good work, such original jokes too!

Seriously, it is a pain to not know at all how much stock is actually selling. In Melbourne the Lumia 920 kept selling out, but they also had bugger all stock (some stores got only one unit when I called around!), would be nice to have known how popular the phones are without the stock limitations they keep hitting.

Good signs either way I think, production will surely only increase.

This is what people want: Beautiful craftsmanship and build quality, simple but powerful and cheap. Lumia 520 ticks all the boxes.

ingramator said,
This is what people want: Beautiful craftsmanship and build quality, simple but powerful and cheap. Lumia 520 ticks all the boxes.

this is not what people want. its a piece of ....

You know not many people have money to buy high end phones right.

usuz said,

this is not what people want. its a piece of ....

MDboyz said,
You know not many people have money to buy high end phones right.


Just don't feed the trolls. These people are retards. This phone is absolutely insane at that price point.