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April 25, 2013

Nokia Lumia 521, a T-Mobile exclusive, debuts this weekend on HSN

T-Mobile provided fresh details today about rollout plans for the new Nokia Lumia 521, a T-Mobile exclusive that’s based on Nokia’s popular and most affordable Windows Phone 8 model, the Lumia 520.

If you want to be one of the first to snag one, tune in to HSN this Saturday. The Lumia 521 will debut during the retailer’s Innovation Weekend event (check local listings for air times) and come bundled with a car charger and screen protector. Price: $149.95, with free shipping and handling. (Update: Looks like HSN decided to start selling the phone a little early. Check it out here. Update 2: …and they’re all sold out!)

On May 11, the phone is scheduled to land at Microsoft and Walmart retail stores. The Microsoft Store will carry it for $149. At Walmart, which hasn’t announced pricing plans yet, the Lumia 521 will be eligible for the retailer’s exclusive no contract, $30 per month unlimited web and texting plan on T-Mobile.

Finally, the carrier said it will also start selling the phone soon itself, but would provide more specifics later.

The Nokia Lumia 521 features a 4-inch touch screen, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and 8 GB of internal storage—expandable to 64 GB via microSD card. The phone, which is designed to run on T-Mobile’s 4G HPSA+ network, also comes pre-loaded with great Nokia apps like Music, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Panorama, Smart Shoot, and the HERE navigation suite—Drive, Maps, and Transit. Here’s T-Mobile’s press release.

The Nokia Lumia 521, a T-Mobile exclusive