Nokia Lumia 520/521 now make up 30% of Windows Phones used worldwide
Perhaps revealing that people would rather buy value, even in the U.S., the Nokia Lumia 520 has replaced the Nokia Lumia 920 as the second most used Windows Phone in the states. And that has led both the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 to control more than 30% of the Windows Phone market in the U.S.
And yes, the sales of the entry level models are taking away from purchases of high-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 1520. Despite the high-end specs and that dynamite 6 inch screen, the flagship model is only number 16 on the Windows Phone charts, based on the data mined by AdDuplex. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its 41MP PureView snapper, is number 11. Both account for less than 3% of Windows Phone usage globally.
As for the future of the Nokia Lumia 520/521in the states, the Finnish OEM has just launched the Nokia Lumia 525 with mostly the same specs as the twins, but with double the RAM (1GB). This allows the phone to run the latest apps and games from the Windows Phone Store. So far, Nokia has yet to announce any U.S. launch of the updated model.
Latest info from AdDuplex, via tweet
source: @ailon via WMPoweruser
1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I'm surprised it's not higher. I got a 521 for $60 right before Christmas and it's a very capable phone for the price. I was going to get the Moto G but not at 3 times the cost. But sadly I find the higher end models like the 1520 not worth it. Left the At&t store unimpressed because the 521 was so good. Nokia better be careful.
2. mikelemon (Posts: 90; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
521 and 520 are identical except the 521 is slighty longer because of the logo. 521 is fot t mobile (crap coverage and crap LTE speeds). 520 is for AT&T.
3. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
...and because the T-Mobile version is penta band which means more access to more networks around the globe, and just so you know the lumia 521 is not LTE capable as neither is the 520, they're both hspa+21 mbps
15. mikelemon (Posts: 90; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
What is the diff? Current LTE speeds are on par with HSPA+ speeds although LTE can go above HSPA+ speeds they usually do not. Friends T-Mobile LTE speeds are joke anyways 2.1mbps. HAHA AT&T 3G speeds right there.
20. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
T-Mobile's HSPA+ speeds are definitely on par with the competition's LTE, but the 2.1mbps speeds on LTE is ridiculous, not even with a non T-Mobile phone did I ever get lame service, not even when I had a Lumia 920 and only one bar of LTE did I get anything below 6 mbps, besides you are tied down with at&t to only using a pathetic amount of data, 3 GB for a month, and that alone is 30$?pathetic, much rather T-Mobile's unlimited plan where I don't ever have to connect to wifi to stream and use as much data as I need, since this summer alone I went through 16 gb of data mostly using Netflix, so you go champ and waste that money with at&t when other people enjoy unlimited LTE for 70$
6. tricky (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I know what you mean. I have the 521 it is a great phone for the price nothing can compare not even the moto g at such a low price point. But, at higher price points, mid-range to high end windows devices just don't compare to Android.
4. stucky (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
Not surprised on over 30% market share. This is a fantastic little phone. I live in a hilly terrain area where even though 4g LTE is available through AT&T & Verizon it is spotty at best which means 2 or 3g most times. For this reason I swore I’d never do another high-end 2/yr smart phone deal again with any carrier bcz all the really expensive phones hardware simply can not utilize the networks full potential so you are throwing a huge amount of money away for high speed data connections you’ll never be able to use.. For $62 new, I decided to give AT&Ts Nokia 520 a try with their Go Phone Plan. The AT&T version of the Nokia 520, where I use it, revealed a slew of better hardware specs & faster speeds than T-Mobiles 521 hardware configuration. This included AT&T’s broader 4g HSPA bands 850, 900, 1700, 1900, & 2100 mhz where as the 521s was absent. Even though T-Mobile has some great no contract data plans that would allow you to tether or modem the 521 as a wireless hotspot to a laptop, the simple fact is that I can barely get 2g on their network so for now T-Mobile is pretty use-less for data in my area.
On the other hand the AT&T version of the 520 has some great apps installed by both AT&T & Nokia. This phone does practically everything the highest end smart phones can for a fraction of the cost. The Nokia UI is seamless & easy to use with Windows phone 8. Unless you are an extreme gamer who insists on having the very latest high end games with the speed of a desk top computer in your hand, than do not get this 520. If on the other hand you want to surf the web fast, text, email, shoot great quality video & pics with a year’s free subscription to Nokia’s Music, Here Maps, AT&T Navigator, YP, ESPN, Weather Channel, MS Office, Mobile TV & more, than DO get the 520 with it’s micro SD card slot or for that matter the 525 (w/1gb of mem) when it gets released as there is no better value or bang for the buck $$ in smart phones Period !!. The windows phone 8 platform is super easy to use and fluidly very fast. Additionally there are a deluge of fantastic new light weight 2 in 1 ultra books tablets entering the market utilizing full blown windows 8.1 pro (not RT) enabling you to use all that legacy software from your earlier machines. Over-all, the MS operating system is superior with the MS Office suite being included in these little gems. The fact that the Nokia 520 allows you to use it so cheaply is not only awesome but a smart marketing move by juggernaut MS.. BTW considering you can do all this for nearly half the cost of iOS mobile hardware, it’s no wonder the MS giant is not only Alive, but about to go on a Rampage…
9. hafini_27 (Posts: 144; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Nicely said! I actually read everything, lol
7. faizan-sharif (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
every one talking about $60 to $62 then whyin my country (KSA)lumia 520 costs $130?
8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 616; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Bitch please, it costs SG$200 in my country
10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The Nokia 520 was actually $40 on 12/20 in the US. I would buy one just to have as a media player/offline gps unit.
14. fireblade (Posts: 517; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
It's $200 in my country. Maybe your country gets subsidy from Nokia.
12. Doakie (Posts: 858; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Wow. Sad. 30% of people who already are using a platform that doesn't have good Google service compatibility also use a small underpowered phone that isn't even able to run all the apps on the Marketplace. I owned a Windows Phone for a year and the lack of Google services was infuriating. The Moto G is the best bang for the buck in cheap wireless.
13. sri_tech (Posts: 184; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Not everyone wants to get scroogled :P
For the most people Lumia 520/521 is enough and you need to get a life.
16. mikelemon (Posts: 90; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
LOL good to be ignorant and say everyone needs to use google services. I use youtube and google sometimes but they are not the only services. I also use bing, outlook/live/Hotmail(don't care for gmail), Skydrive(intergrated with outlook), web word app(also intergrated with outlook), Skype(integrated with outlook) With windows phone you nearly have a full suite of services without the need for any google services.
17. henrik6504 (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
It seems that some here dont think you can own a Nokia Lumia 520 if you use Google services like G-mail etc..You can add a G-mail, Yahoo mail, Nokia mail and IBM Notes Traveller account "out of the box" to the built in feature for the e-mail in Windows Phone 8.
And Google maps and other Google services like Google+ can you find in the Windows Phone 8 app store.
18. ahhxd717 (Posts: 302; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
I'm not surprised, but this isn't a bad thing. As long as they're getting WP devices in users' hands theey can gain some more traction. I also actually see quite a few people with 920's come through my work and on my college campus.
21. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Microsoft and Nokia no doubt gave the Lumia 525 more ram because of the coming update of taking Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1 which will give Windows smart phone
Owners some new features such as a notification center tile ECT plus now People will buy a low cost Windows smartphone that can run all of the Windows store apps. hmm I wish they could add a rear led flash for the 525 rear camera.