T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 521 and Nokia Lumia 925 to receive Windows Phone 8.1 later this year

T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 521 and Nokia Lumia 925 to receive Windows Phone 8.1 later this year
Earlier this year, it was expected that before the end of the summer,  T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 521 and Nokia Lumia 925 would both be running Windows Phone 8.1 (including Cortana). But the days are getting shorter, the air a little cooler, and fall is coming without Windows Phone 8.1 being made available for either device on T-Mobile.

So just when can T-Mobile customers expect to receive the update? A tweet from the carrier's U.S. support crew, reveals that the update for both models will be pushed out later this year.

T-Mobile customers might not be terribly pleased to learn that while they are waiting for the update, their friends with AT&T are enjoying the fruits of the update, especially Cortana, on the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 925. Considering T-Mobile CEO John Legere's feelings about AT&T, the brash executive, and the creepy looking Legere doll, both cannot be that thrilled about this news.

source: @T-MobileHelp via WMExperts

Related phones

Lumia 521
  • 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(9h 3G talk time)
Lumia 925
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)



1. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Still waiting for the announcement of Nokia Lumia 1525 for T-Mobile USA.

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Later this yeah? I wonder how late is that "later". Even Cortana looks sad.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I got tired of waiting. I sold my 521 and bought a 635.

31. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I'll be getting the 730 to replace my 520 when it comes out. Love WP8.1 !

34. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmm. I've had a Lumia 521 as a play toy for months. Mainly it's been sitting on the counter until I get around to playing with it. My primary phone has been my Note 3. I've boxed up the Note 3 and attempted to use the 635 as my primary phone for the past few days to see how well it all works and whether I can use Windows Phone as a primary phone. I simply can't. The lack of Safeway, BECU(bank), and Xfinity TV Go apps is just too much for me to bare. A friend of mine said, "Why don't you just change your grocery store, bank, and television provider to accommodate your new phone?" That brought me back to reality. I kept trying to make it work but I just can't live with Windows Phone as a daily driver. I'm returning my 635 tomorrow. Might as well buy a Moto E or something with the apps I need.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why you do this T-Mobile

4. Daytonadave17

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

If I have an unlocked 1520 on Tmobile I can get cyan right? Cause I'm on DP and been on Windows phone 8.1 since April

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


7. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Aren't you banned?

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

For...? How would I be limited if I'm able to posts comments? Lol.

5. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Cause T-Mobile does like Windows Phone 8/8.1 or Blackberry and is trying to get people to switch to Android or iPhone but that'll just people switch to another carrier and should be called the stupidest thing they've done all year. I doubt the Nokia Lumia 521 and 925 will get WP8.1 this year but if they do then I know a couple people who will join T-Mobile right afterwards and T-Mobile won't be getting any High-End Windows Phones anytime soon.

8. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Microsoft gets an 8.1/10 for software updates

13. kirk_lazarus

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 13, 2014

I'm really starting to get tired of t-mobile . first , they didn't update their 7.5 devices to 7.8 . second , they abandoned the htc 8x & lumia 810 in less than a year . now , we have to wait 6 months for the 8.1 update . I'm really thinking about buying an unlocked or just move to at&t . I'm sick of this s#!1

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Why should T-Mobile invest money in a burning platform? T-Mobile will win the game when they focus on what matters most, like they are doing. Network quality, network coverage, price, and customer service. Supporting a dying mobile OS is irrelevant to the future of T-Mobile and hence is a low priority.

18. kirk_lazarus

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 13, 2014

i agree , the platform is burning so fast that T-Mobile announced they gonna add the lumia 530 to their line up after the success of their worst selling windows phone device the lumia 521 . & to help it the dying mobile os burn even faster it's rumored the they are getting a variant of the lumia 830 with the pureview camera. yea man , you're so right

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As long as Microsoft has their checkbook out and is paying T-Mobile to support their phones, T-Mobile will accept their money. I've said before that marketing and low price can move product. Microsoft is pumping many billions into WP (over $22B to date according to some reports). But the market share is tiny and shrinking. Developer interest is minimal and waning. The app store has been reviewed as the worst app store from any major vendor. I could go on. But simply, WP is just a burning platform.

30. kirk_lazarus

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 13, 2014

*mind blown * again you're right , Microsoft just ignores the number one carrier in the US to keep paying the number 4 US phone carrier to not update windows phone as often as other carriers , that why T-Mobile is the richest carrier ever . & we all know that windows phone native app store is worst than blackberry's , firefox , symbian , sailfish & ubuntu . Apparently , every time a major app is released in wp app store the app store just gets worse .That's why it was voted the worse growing app store ever by the committee of facts pulled from rectums incorporated . you're like know lots of things & stuff , that's awesome .

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

At least they will get it. My 810 hasn't got an update since amber. But t-mo is a terrible carrier for WP. If it wasn't for their prices, they would have almost nothing going for them

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think it flat out SUCKS that T-Mobile is doing this to its WP customers. The update is available! They need to just push the thing out already! If it's that they are waiting and testing features that they wish to add themselves, they can do THAT in a later update. Just release 8.1 to the masses now. I'm glad I've got the 8.1 developers preview on my Lumia 925 already. 8.1 is really good!

32. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Tmobile is the greatest carrier out there! WP fanboys are just peeved cuz MSFT has failed them and are now looking for the nearest innocent to pin their frustration on. Blame the morons are Redmond, they're the only ones responsible.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22487; Member since: May 28, 2014

Please explain how Microsoft failed WP users when they have made the update available to carriers, but T-Mobile is the one that has yet to release it?

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