Pick up the Lumia 520 for $49 off-contract on Black Friday for AT&T

We know that Black Friday is all about saving some greenbacks as you gear up to put goodies under the Christmas tree. And we also know that cell phones can be prohibitively expensive which is why we are telling you about Microsoft’s insanely good deal on the Lumia 520.

Microsoft is selling the Nokia Lumia 520 for $49 with no contract. That’s right, a smartphone for $49 with no contract, no loops to jump through or any other tomfoolery. While the Lumia 520 is not the most powerful phone on the market, it is a decent device (we gave it 9/10 in our review) and for $49, it’s a fantastic back-up phone to keep around in case your primary device breaks. Or, if you know you are going to be heading out into the wilderness and don’t want to risk breaking your phone, swap the SIMs and rock out with the Lumia 520 for the weekend or travel with less to worry about as the phone, at $49, is nearly disposable.

 

The device at this price is for AT&T, and comes with 5 MP camera, 4 inch display, 8 GB of storage and 3G support.

The phone will likely go quickly and there is no word on if Microsoft will be restocking it at that price, so if you were tempted to try out Windows Phone but didn’t want to be locked in, here is a fantastic opportunity.

View: Lumia 520 for $49

 

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Windows Phone? AT&T? T-Mobile? Child please...guess who has better things to do with their pittance this holiday. Guess who is working on Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sure glad it isn't all about me. But then again you probably guessed, I won't use a cell/smart phone to begin with.

"Microsoft is selling the Nokia Lumia 520 for $59 with no contract. That's right, a smartphone for $49 with no contract..." - What's with the price confusion?

Spicoli said,
It's not really accurate though. While it's a non-contract phone, it's still locked down to their network, and you're getting it at a discount.

MVNO

Those are not obscure letters. I figured somebody who's so concerned about being "locked down" would know about MVNOs who share networks with the major carriers.

I have no idea what your point might be. If you buy this AT&T phone, you cannot plug in someone else's SIM without getting an unlock code from them. There's no contract, but it's not free and clear either.

Spicoli said,
I have no idea what your point might be. If you buy this AT&T phone, you cannot plug in someone else's SIM without getting an unlock code from them. There's no contract, but it's not free and clear either.

You can use a SIM from an MVNO using AT&T's network on a phone locked to AT&T.

You can use a SIM from an MVNO using T-Mobile's network on a phone locked to T-Mobile.

Devices are locked to networks, not carriers.

Spicoli said,
Okay, so what was the point again? Writing a check to a reseller makes it not locked down?

No, it means that you can choose from several carriers besides AT&T. You're not locked down to a particular carrier.

You're the one making a big stink about being "locked down". What's your real problem with being "locked down"?

I bought a 520 for my 5 year old daughter on Amazon for 69.99 the other day. No more taking my phone to play Angry Birds and it replaces the Zune she inherited from me for music and movies on the airplane. Hell of a deal!

Sweet that it comes contract free and unlocked. Still, it's criminal that carriers keep their networks so locked down that you can't take this phone between carriers without losing one feature or another.

Too bad AT&T makes it so difficult to unlock the phone. You can't even buy an unlock code anymore. The only difference between the 520 and 521 is the 1700 bank that t-mobile use for 4G.

Was looking to get one of these for my sis on Tmobile. ATT requires the phone be active for at least 6 months before unlock is available.

T-Mobile prepay is a lot more flexibility on unlocking. You have to be on the service for 40 days and spend $50 on service to get it unlocked. It's basically just enough to keep people from buying them at the discount price and re-selling them new.

f0rk_b0mb said,
What is the difference between this and a 521? I currently have a 521 and it's pretty nice.

521 is for the T-Mobile network. 520/525 work on AT&T.

Steven P. said,
EUROPE Y U NO HAVE BLACK FRIDAY!?

I can't speak for the rest of Europe, but one of the biggest Romanian online retailers has organised a Black Friday kind of thing. Although it was last week, and not this week as it is in the US.

Sszecret said,

I can't speak for the rest of Europe, but one of the biggest Romanian online retailers has organised a Black Friday kind of thing. Although it was last week, and not this week as it is in the US.

Which would normally be the same week as in the US. It's just unusually late this year because the month started on a Friday and Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday.

techbeck said,

Personally, I think Black Friday should be eliminated.

It basically has been. Most stores in the US are open tomorrow.