Nokia Lumia 520 is Microsoft's best selling smartphone, over 12 million units are active

While it’s no secret that the Nokia Lumia 520 is the most popular Windows Phone 8 handset ever, Microsoft never revealed specific sales numbers - not until today.

Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, CEO Kevin Turner said that there are now more than 12 million active Lumia 520 smartphones around the world (including Lumia 521 models for T-Mobile). Turner also mentioned that the 520 is the world’s best selling handset in its price range (sub $100) - though we’re not sure he has enough data to be absolutely certain of that.

Launched in early 2013, the Nokia Lumia 520 can now be purchased for as low as $50 (at least in the US). A successor to it - the Nokia Lumia 525 - was released this January, while another successor, this time running Windows Phone 8.1, might be announced in the near future as the Lumia 530.

Obviously, launching ultra-cheap Windows Phone devices is helping Microsoft a lot. We’ll see many more affordable WP smartphones from now on, as Microsoft opened up its platform to pretty much any manufacturer interested in making handsets based on it.

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Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)



1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Hope we will see those numbers for the next Lumia flagship..

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Idk how much 920 sold....I think it sold in good numbers.

51. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Last time I saw, Nokia/MS had sold around 7 million 920s. That was around December of last year.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

That's so sad that their best selling is a low range phone :(

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

WTF, that's why it sells so nicely, `cause it's cheap!

10. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

Yes partly but Affordable and great for the money because there's a bunch of cheap android phones which are not as fun to use...

27. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

After Kitkat new low end Android is just as "fun."

46. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Agree. $70 cannot buy a good android phone. $100-$130 then yes, there are some great android phones I can get (Samsung and LG). But for $70 or less, the 520 and 521 rule.

48. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

$50 right now after rebate for the Moto G on Cricket, aka aio. $70 for the Moto G on Verizon Around 80-100 for the Moto G on Boost. It might be the only decent low cost one, but in the WP camp, they only have one as well.

50. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Isn't the Lumia 520 free after rebate over cricket? XD Anyway, I find the Verizon and Boost Mobile ones not really worth it. I did buy a Moto G verizon just to play around using wifi, and it's great. But then I would hate to bind with Verizon because of a cheaper Moto G. The service costs is just too high it makes $70 not a good deal to me at all. (I pay $30 for service with T-Mobile and get 2gb of 4g data. Verizon prepaid costs much more)

60. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

How are you getting 2GB of data for $30? If you want a plan that compares to Verizon, you have to pay around $40 a month. Here is the kicker - Tmobile for some stupid reason, won't offer the Moto g. And their coverage sucks compared to Verizon. That matters to a lot of people around me. Of course, 3G on verizon also sucks. But it is there :)

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Good, that is one way that Google became dominant, cheap devices are good for consumers. On another note I'm definitely looking forward to the " McLaren" smartphone. If the rumors turns out to be valid that device will not only differentiate WP low and high end experience it will also set it apart from all devices in general.

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i bought this phone just to try windows phone.. but after 2 months i sold it to my office mate. the reason: the limited apps in windows store.. Performance of this phone is acceptable for a low to mid range phone..this is even better than a low to mid android smartphone...less lag compared to those phone on same level that running android...based on my own experience..

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

True "it has no major apps and games"

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Do us a favor, quit your yapping and tell us all the major apps and games that WP does not have and ill tell you what it has, is that a deal, or you're just gonna chicken out?. WP has a very large catalogue of the most popular apps and games with less farts apps than you know who.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Halfbaked instagram

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Wow that's your no major apps and games that are missing, an app thats there. Please go ahead and majority of apps and games that are missing.

57. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

None of the tegrazone games , infinity blade

52. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Still more baked than your brains.

55. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Actually, the beta is quite good, it's faster and looks much better than 6tag.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

All major Android ios apps are not available. Even if they are, they don't function and have missing features.

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Come on buddy give us the names of the majority of apps and games.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Flipboard, AutoCad 360, YouTube, MKV player, Audi MMI, BMW assist, Mercedes Benz ... (other car apps), Singapore Air, Emirates, Virgin ... Starbucks, Nike+ RUN, Nike+ training, Adidas, Phillips light, B&O remote, siemens smarthouse, quadrocopter remote), Samsung remote, Sony PS Zone, AOK. Bank apps, Lloyds international, HSBC,..... And loads loads more.

30. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

All I read was " Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah"

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Another jelly user

43. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Many new apps are coming to WP Flipboard is slated. Mytube and Metrotube rivals the Youtube on Android or iOS. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Flickr, Groupon, Linked In, Pintrest, tumblr, Adobe reader, Adobe reader express, Audible Audiobooks, Amazon Kindle USA today, ABC News, Bloomberg,CNN,, 7-Eleven, ABC News, Adobe Reader, Amtrak, Animal Planet, Comedy central, At Bat 13, Best Buy, CBS Sports, Discover Channel, Domino's, Facebook (major update), Hipstamatic Oggl,500 PX iHeartRadio, FilmON TV, LivingSocial, MapQuest, Mint, NASCAR Mobile 13, Barclays, , Redbox, TLC, Viber, Voxer, Walgreens, Waze, Wells Fargo,Path, Facebook messenger, Wells Fargo, Ally E harmony, Go to meeting, IMDB, Flixster, Jongla. Priceline, Skype, Tune in Radio, American Airlines, Delta, Vimeo, VH1,WhatsApp and that is just scratching the surface. Here are a few of the many games? Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds: Star Wars II, Asphalt 7, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Solitaire, Mahjong, mineaweeperGrand theft auto San Andreas, Jetpack Joyride, Monsters University, N.O.V.A. 3, Order and Chaos, Into the dead, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Fifa 13, Temple Run Brave, Temple Run Oz, Turbo, UNO & Friends, Agent P, Where's My Mickey, Where's My Water 2, Subway surfer, Space shooter X, Temple run 2, Trial Xtreme 3 etc,Rayman Jungle Run , Captain America: The Winter Soldier,Flappy Bird . Plus have exclusives like Halo etc. Your major apps and games argument holds as much water as a strainer.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should have also mentioned 6tag, IMO. It's a 3rd party app for Instagram, which has much better features than the actual Instagram app. I prefer it to Instagram whenever I fire up my Lumia 925.

47. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

+1 from me.

56. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I will save this list. Thank you

53. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Flipboard is coming, it is already available on Windows. YouTube is entiely Scroogle's fault. And all of the other sh*t you've mentioned are minor apps. Most of the people don't use them. I don't think 100 million people in the world own an Audi or BMW. Stop yapping BS here. Do something productive.

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