Nokia launched the entry-level Windows Phone 8 (WP8) powered Lumia 520 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event earlier this year, which has already made its way to many markets and now the handset is also reaching newer lands.
The Nokia Lumia 520 has been officially announced for Australia and New Zealand.
"This launch marks another important step for Nokia in delivering Lumia smartphones at every price point to appeal to the widest audience possible," Steve Lewis, Nokia's Australian managing director, said. "The Lumia 520 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device ever launched in Australia. It will appeal to consumers who are looking to upgrade to a smartphone and want all the benefits without the high price tag, as well as organizations wanting to equip their fleet with the best business phone."
The handset will be available in Australia from retailers such as Allphones, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, and JB Hi-Fi. The smartphone will sport a price tag of $229 AUD (approximately $239 USD), but it is also set to be released on Telstra's network on April 30, at $179 AUD (approximately $187 USD) on pre-paid plans.
In New Zealand, the smartphone will carry a price tag of $299, making it the cheapest WP8 phone in the country. The handset will be available from Telecom and Vodafone from April 15 onwards and from 2degrees in May.
"The Lumia 520 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 ever launched in New Zealand and we're grateful to all the operators for getting behind it," Scott McFarlane, Head Of Sales, Nokia New Zealand, said.
The Nokia Lumia 520 sports impressive features in its category and is the most affordable WP8 smartphone available.
We will have to wait and see if the budget-friendly Lumia 520 is able to attract the attention of smartphone buyers and grab a major share of the smartphone space.