Microsoft Store has unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 in black; device works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks

Microsoft Store has unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 in black; device works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks
For a device rumored to be within two months of reaching its End of Life designation, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is all of a sudden getting a lot of play. On Monday, we told you about a new Microsoft commercial that featured the handset with the 41MP rear-facing camera. Now, it turns out that the online Microsoft Store has started selling an unlocked version of the phone, in black, for the price of $549. Shipping is on the house.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes out of the box with Windows Phone 8 pre-installed, and will work with a SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile. Sprint and Verizon users will have to bow out. Of course, like all Lumia smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8, once Windows Phone 8.1 is ready for the unit, the Lumia 1020 will be updated.

Thanks to the 41MP PureView camera on back, this is the Windows Phone that has been on the wish list for those who love shooting snapshots and video with their handset. With OIS keeping images steady, and Nokia Rich Recording picking up sounds free of distortion, the Nokia Lumia 1020 could be making a final lap around the field before it is replaced on Microsoft's lineup by a new photo-centric device.

source: MicrosoftStore via WMPoweruser

Related phones

Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(13.3h 3G talk time)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Truly remarkable for camera.

2. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Seems rather expensive considering it's specs are more in line with mid range devices; the only high end aspects appear to be the camera and RAM (2GB). Perhaps if it was $200-300 price range I would consider getting it.

3. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

RM-877 - 3G: 850 / 900 /1900 / 2100. 3G radio would be problematic to get faster speed on HSPA+. It lacks 1700. If you're not on 4G LTE coverage area you'll fallback to 2G EDGE. I would NOT recommend this for T-Mobile USA users.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HSPA+ has been reframed on the 1900MHz band for quite some time now..

14. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

You're right. However, there are only a few cities with refarmed 1900. Majority are still on 1700/2100 on HSPA+.

9. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

You make me laugh....US isn't on top 20 with the internet speed and you complain about LTE.....

4. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Will this phone still receive updates after it's no longer available?

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, it will, or at least it should. MS has promised updates for ALL Windows Phones for at least 3 years. If they don't provide you with the updates, you can sue them!

6. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I have this phone right now and, honestly, I prefer the images and video taken with my Nexus 5.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

What?!? 8)

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm just 21, but I can safely say that I have now seen everything in my life. It's time for me to stop breathing. Let me just tweet about this and instagram my last selfie, from the mediocre camera on my L1520.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

@InJuxHurYIem I am laughing so hard right now. I say this with the least bit of bias as I can... Speaking purely about the camera... Lets please not compare the Nexus 5 with any high end Lumia... Especially not the KING PIN of smartphones (again, strictly using the camera as measured variable.) I've said it before, and I'll say it again... My Lumia 925 runs circles around my nexus 5 when it comes to multimedia.

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

what an oversized bezel, nokia phone

10. alias3800

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

This price... Is really making my d soft, so to speak. I know the optical image quality is unsurpassed on a mobile device till this day (save for the 808), but c'mon Microsoft. This price is embarrassingly close to the price of a 2014 flagship. Even $500 would have been more palatable.

13. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I liked Nokia until this phone. Even the 920 performed better for me. It was really strange. I returned the phone 6 times to Nokia and got 3 different units all with problems. 1st was the Xbox Music app would not work. At all no matter how I reset. So they sent me a new unit. However this unit had TERRIBLE mura effect on it. Nokia made a terrible screen. I returned it twice because of this problem. They then sent me a used unit with scratches on it. That also got replaced. When I received the next unit I got it with a worst Mura effect screen and the Microphone didnt work. I returned it and they sort of fixed teh screen but again the microphone didn't work. Now I am waiting again for it to come back. I guess me and the 1020 were not meant to be. Sucks too. That camera was too boss and I filmed some great concert shots. :(

16. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Curious if this has an updated radio to use all T-mobile bands, or will it only work on some LTE and 4G areas and not all..? I will get it if its good on all bands, but thought the original one from AT&T unlocked wouldnt work on all Tmo bands.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.