The entry-level Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 521, made its way to shelves from April onwards. High popularity of the smartphone has seen the device sold out at T-Mobile stores and Walmarts, but Home Shopping Network (HSN) is still shipping the handset within three to seven business days.
Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, WP8, has gained high popularity since its release in various handsets in Nov. 2012. However, not many smartphones run on WP8 and initially only select top-end smartphones ran on the operating system.
Even now there are just a handful of smartphone makers who manufacture WP8 smartphones, Nokia has aggressively and consistently brought new WP8 smartphones to customers and it now has the biggest line up of WP8 smartphones.
The Lumia 521 is one of the most affordable WP8 smartphones around and packs in decent features and specifications in its category. Many customers who want an alternative to Android, iOS and BlackBerry may be a bit skeptical paying for a top-end smartphone and using an unknown operating system. But now, with the Lumia 521, smartphone customers can experience WP8 at a pocket-friendly price.
T-Mobile is offering the Lumia 521 for $199.99 on a pre-paid connection. However, the company is also throwing away a $50 refill, bringing down the price of the handset to $149.99. Unfortunately, the handset is sold out from carrier's online store.
Walmart started selling the handset for $129.99 and according to a previous report, the retailer sold out the inventory of Lumia 521 within 60 minutes of release.
HSN was the first to retail the Lumia 521 at a price tag of $149.99 and initially the inventory was sold out. However, now it seems that the retailer has received stocks of the handset once again and is shipping the handset within three to seven business days. HSN is also throwing in a car charger and a screen protector for no additional cost.