T-Mobile said Thursday that it will begin selling the Lumia 521 in its stores with its new Simple Choice plans for $29.99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $5, bringing the full cost of the phone to an affordable $150. The device will also land in Microsoft Retail outlets and Walmart on May 11 for $149 and $129.88, respectively. It made its debut on the Home Shopping Network on April 27, which offered the device for $149.95 with a free screen protector and car charger.
The Lumia 521 is a very entry-level device and offers a 4-inch display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and access to T-Mobile’s HSPA network. That means you won’t be able to use the carrier’s budding 4G LTE network, which is much faster.