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Rogers Nokia Lumia 520 Prepaid Smartphone

  • Model Number: NOKIA LUMIA 520
  • WebID: 10255854
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New to the world of smartphones? Let the Nokia Lumia 520 introduce you to all the amazing things this little device can do. The 4" touchscreen is intuitively designed. Just swipe it with one hand - even if you're wearing gloves. If you like taking pictures, the 5MP Panorama lenses will give you bright, detailed images you can share with friends.

More Information

  • An intuitive, starter smartphone at an affordable price
  • Compact, thin, and easy to carry where ever you go
  • Four inch touch - sensitive screen responds immediately, even with gloves or fingernails
  • Five megaxpixel camera features Panorama lenses and comes pre-loaded with Cinemagraph and SmartShoot
  • Free navigation system with Nokia HERE Drive, HERE Maps, and HERE Transit
  • Micro SD support up to 64GB
  • Access to Nokia Music lets you stream hours of unlimited, ad-free music.
  • Windows Phone 8 includes Internet Explorer 10, so you can surf the web when you're travelling

Before you buy this phone, here's what you need to know

  • Receive up to $40 in activation credits ($10 at activation, then $5/month for six months) when you activate a Pay-By-the-Month plan with a minimum payment of one full monthly service fee. Available to new Pay As You Go customers only.
  • Locate a Future Shop location where one of our associates can explain this plan's details to you.
  • Order fulfillment is based on product availability.
  • This product is available for a limited time and is subject to change without notice.

What's in the Box

  • Nokia Lumia 520 with Windows Phone
  • 1430 mAh battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-20U
  • Nokia Charging & Data Cable CA-189CD
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-108
  • Nokia Shell in Cyan CC-3068
  • Smart Setup Leaflet

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

For more information about the Manufacturer’s Warranty, please contact the manufacturer or visit their website.

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Base Features
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0
Memory - Built-in 8 GB
Memory - Expansion Type MicroSD - Up to 64 GB
Battery - Standby Up To 360 Hours
Battery - Talk Time Up to 14.8 Hours
Supported 2G Modes/Bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Supported 3G Modes/Bands HSPA 850/1900/2100 MHz
Other Supported Modes/Bands None
Assisted GPS Navigation Yes
Unassisted GPS Navigation Yes
FM Radio No
Hard-key QWERTY Keyboard No
Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Yes
Phone Operating System Windows Phone 8
Wireless Carrier Rogers
Billing Method Prepaid
Data Features
Data Speed 21.1 Mbps Downlink; 5.76 Mbps Uplink
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Instant Messaging Yes
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) Yes
Short Message Service (SMS) Yes
Mobile Email Yes
Push Email Support Yes
Web Browser Yes
WAP Browser No
Media Features
Integrated Audio Player Yes
Integrated Video Player Yes
Downloadable Apps Yes
App Store Compatibility Windows Phone Store
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Images Yes
Downloadable Ring Tones Yes
Camera Resolution 5 MP
Camera Flash No
Autofocus Yes
Video Capture Yes
Video Calling No
Display Resolution 800 x 480
Display Size 4 in
Display Type TFT
Touchscreen Yes
Phone Features
Speakerphone Yes
Vibrate Mode Yes
Voice Dialing Yes
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Backlit Keypad No
Keypad Lock Yes
Headset Jack Size 3.5 mm
Compatible Mac O/S Versions Not Applicable
Compatible Windows Versions Not Applicable
USB Connection Yes
Charge over USB Yes
Manual Yes
Wall Adapter Yes
Car Adapter No
Case No
Software No
Data Cable Yes
Headset Yes
Other Items 1 Extra Back Cover
Physical Features
Body Style Candy Bar
Body Colour Black
Interchangeable Face Plate Yes
Phone Height 11.99 cm
Phone Width 6.4 cm
Phone Depth 1.12 cm
Weight 124 g
Conditions of Order None
Physically Identical Phone Models Nokia Lumia 920; Nokia Lumia 900; Nokia Lumia 610; Nokia Lumia 710; Nokia Lumia 800
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

3.8 / 5
Based on 44 ratings,38 Reviews
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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

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33 Reviews

Critical 20%

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  • from Halifax, NS
  • Jan 19, 2015

Second review after one year of use..

Originally gave this phone five star positive review.Subsequently, now giving it a one star. We have three of them and all three developed same problems with side buttons not functioning. One has been repaired by Nokia only to malfunction again... A colleague had one that had same issue! These phoned are well known for having power button malfunction after short ownership! Good while they work..Very short life span....

  • from Wasaga Beach, ON
  • Aug 17, 2014

Commodore 64 of phones

After 6 months of use my opinion is that Microsoft should be paing me to use this phone. It crashes or is unresponsive at least once a day. It is slow .... I mean sometimes by the time it gets around to doing something my clothes have gone out of style. I can only make a phone call using a headset since thespeaker and micorphone have quit working. Now I have to find out how to get it fixed since Future Shop does not fix phones. If you opt for this phone expect both software and harware issues.

  • from London, ON
  • Jun 07, 2014

great value

Great value. The maps/drive feature is amazing, you can download the maps so no data required when away from wifi. If you just need a great smartphone and are not worried about prestige, this is a great option.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Jun 05, 2014

Tremendous value!

You can't go wrong, even if you just use it as a media player or a second phone. Works well for podcasts and app playback. The screen is mediocre but for [price]. Turn by turn navigation by Nokia is really awesome as well. You don't even need to activate the PAYGO for the GPS to work! I am using the public dev preview of Windows Phone 8.1! Lots of goodness built-in to this emerging platform.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Apr 26, 2014

Nokia not Rogers for Waranty

I'm happy with this phone and bought 2 for me and my son. 2 months after 1 has a defective power button switch and I brought it to Rogers Store for warranty repair. And after more than 2 weeks I was told they cannot fix it because it's prepaid..unbelievable!.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Apr 08, 2014

Best deal for 2014

Great phone with great hardware like GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, etc... at a great price. The phone is very good looking, slim, very light, comes with windows phone 8.0, but is scheduled for upgrade by Microsoft, to 8.1 this summer. It has many little annoying bugs. I have been able to work around all of them. Mainly the live tiles didn't update properly on some apps like battery app. Using this app allowed me to see the battery drain chart and have estimated the drain to be 20%/hour when using the phone heavily with all it's hardware enabled (GPS, Wifi, BT,...), 4%/hour with all hardware enabled but asleep. The battery life is good if you are not using the phone for more than 2/hours of heavy use per day, which is not so much when you get the phone, but becomes more than enough, after a week of discovery and playing around with it like a kid on Christmas day. Beyond that, you might want to charge it at the end of the day and don't let it fall bellow 30%. Lithium Ions don't like to be fully discharged but once a month at the most. The best practice is to make sure the battery is always charged to 100% before unplugging it from the charger. Leaving it on the charger is not a problem and will not harm the batteries. There is no front facing camera. So if you can live without video chatting, you're good to go. I first asked myself, why would they not include such a cheap hardware and risk alienating people using video chat apps? then I realized, I have only used video chatting a couple of times when it was something new and exciting. Then got board and haven't used it again. If you need video chatting, keep looking. I use Skype for long distance phone calls and that's it. The virtual keyboard is a bit small for my meaty fingers tips, but that's my problem not the phone's. I found the iPhone keyboard small too. Overall, Best phone for the best price on the market today. Even phones costing 3-5 times as this one, don't have it locked down like this little gem. Very impressed with Nokia and it's parent company; Microsoft. Nice job. Can't wait to see what the 8.1 upgrade will bring to the table this summer. Highly recommend this phone to people who can live with it's very limited flaws mentioned above.

  • from Whitby, ON
  • Mar 25, 2014

Call blocking does not work

You need call blocking. Because Rogers is going to call you 2 or 3 times a day. It's an interesting business model, sell you a pay as you go phone/sevice then call you 2 or 3 times a day and use up your minutes. I've not found out how to get call blocking to work on this phone and I've tried. Otherwise this is great phone, I will keep it but I wont be buying more time from Rogers. 4 star for the phone.

  • from Victoria, BC
  • Mar 18, 2014

Product vs Price

An excellent phone for the price. Loaded with features compared to phones four times the price. All phones use more power when connected to data. Use your usb connection when you can and you'll be fine and remember to turn off your wifi when your not using it..

  • from Guelph, ON
  • Mar 17, 2014

Great basic smartphone

This phone is highly intuitive and a great basic smartphone for the money. I found it very easy to setup voice mail, my desktop page, ringtones, etc. The GPS is really great as I do not have a data plan and find it handy to have. The only complaint I have is the battery life is not really great, but for my basic user requirements, it fits the bill perfectly!

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 25, 2014

It's ok

Phone does it job ok, it's basic smartphone with access to wifi, data apps etc. It's kinda has a cheap feeling and touch screen gets dirty with fingerprints easily. I find the battery drains fast when using data. But it fits my needs ok as I just need phone with little use of data and at a reasonable price.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 06, 2014

Great Phone for the Price Paid

Bought this cell on sale around Christmas when it was [price]. I absolutely love it. It's lightweight and feels very comfortable in your hands. Absolutely a snap to figure out how to use the various features and I love the way contacts are set up. I only use a cell for emergencies so if that's your need you couldn't ask for a better and easier-to-use phone. I went with the Rogers Pay-as-you-Go $85/year plan so my costs have just dropped to zip compared to the $60/mth. I was paying on a 3-yr. plan and with a Rogers-provided "smartphone".. If you're looking for an inexpensive and reliable cell, this is the one to choose.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 28, 2014

Good phone for off-line GPS

I bought and unlocked it, then activated it through Koodo support for replacing my old Samsung phone. It's really great. The feature I love most is the off-line GPS. You can use this phone as a normal GPS even without the data plan (not like Andriod Phone). I also like the Where is my phone apps. You can use this feature to find and lock your phone easily.

  • from Orillia, ON
  • Jan 28, 2014

amazing value

This is one of the best phone for the price out there. Read the reviews online and you will see. .

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 27, 2014


5/5 great phone.........its all there what i need....with the price i bought

  • from Whitby, ON
  • Jan 04, 2014

Bought Them for the Kids

We bought these phones for our kids so we can keep in contact throughout the day. They both seem to really like them. Easy to use, reasonably priced and fun.

  • from Halifax, NS
  • Jan 01, 2014


Great working and super easy phone to use. Radio,camera and all phone features absolutely amazing. Text to speech surpasses I Phone...Loved it so much I went and bought two more as gifts. The recipients love them as well. I would rate it ten out of five....

  • from Scarborough, ON
  • Dec 31, 2013

excellent phone

I bought and activated it through rogers support for replacing my blackberry pay as you go phone. I must say it's really an exceptional phone! High quality in every aspect. Nokia, good job!!

  • from Scarborough, ON
  • Dec 29, 2013

Good Value

I got it on sale. It's better than I expected. The cover does feel like cheap material but it's doable. Once you have experience using a smartphone, Window phone is not a problem.

  • from Kamloops, BC
  • Dec 22, 2013

Surprisingly Good Considering Its Windows

I grabbed this phone with Koodo back in September to replace my stolen HTC Sensation. Took me a bit to get used to Windows8 but once I caught on I was quite satisfied. Being its made by Nokia I knew the hardware would be quality but I was very leery of the Win8 OS since M$ has a horrible track record and usualy there OS have more bugs than the rain forest. The music player is top notch. This was the first phone/MP3 player Ive seen that beats a Philips Aria in quality. And the speaker is actually quite loud and the music can be heard clearly across the kitchen with the range and fryer fans running. The only downside Ive found as of yet is the lack of a camera flash or flashlight. But in the bigger scheme its a very minor issue. A worthy buy and actually is better than the 620 (better battery etc as seen in many pro reviews and tests)

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Dec 18, 2013


Decent phone, but has some minor nuissances.

  • from Charlottetown, PE
  • Dec 16, 2013


I'm in love with this phone, it is so amazing. I'm glad I bought it.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Dec 13, 2013

Good Phone for the Money

I bought one 2 days ago and tried it, and bought another one the next day for my son. The overall performance is good. I got this on sale and gets a year plan unlimited text for my son, and unlimited evening and weekend for me. Not bad even if we change my phones each year.

  • from New Brunswick
  • Dec 02, 2013

Great phone

Picked up this phone on sale - great price, packed with surprising quantity of features. Easy set-up. Very happy with it so far. Contrary to other reports on this site, this phone DOES have a radio feature. See "Music and Videos" app and click "Radio".

  • from Annapolis Valley NS
  • Dec 02, 2013

Rogers Nokia Lumia 520

This is my emergency phone. I am still learning how to use its many features, like the camera and how to add phone numbers. Not being very tech minded, I find this phone relatively easy to use, once I got used to the new screen and the scroll feature.

  • from Montréal, QC
  • Nov 28, 2013

Nokia No Radio ?

No Radio ! I used to buy Nokia for the radio. If there is no radio, I say bye bye Nokia.

  • from Penticton, BC
  • Nov 20, 2013

Not Too Good

Phone is good for functionality but has a very poor battery life. Just won't last the day. I wouldn't have purchased this phone if I would have known.

  • from Vaughan, ON
  • Nov 13, 2013

Great phone

Great phone for my wife who wants a simple, light, easy to use smartphone. Does everything she wants. I'm surprised how good this phone is compared to my Lumia 920.

  • from Washago, ON
  • Oct 23, 2013

Great cell phone for Prepaid!

This is a simple to understand phone and it has way more than what we need it for. We get a better signal at our home than with our previous cell. Since we only use it for trips and emergencies, because we live in the country with poor signals, it was a great price and is exactly what we needed. I would recommend this phone for the basic needs and the price is right! It still has all the "extras" if you need them too..

  • from Dartmouth, NS
  • Oct 17, 2013

awesome phone

Awesome for the price, plenty of good apps in the store the only thing is that its not sorted the best so if you don't take time to look through it you miss apps.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Oct 10, 2013

Phabulous Phone!

This is a great phone for an amazingly good price. Virtually impossible to find such a fantastic phone for Pay As You Go customers without having to pay $600 -$700 for it. Very easy to set up email, etc., and contrary to what you might have heard, there are LOTS of apps available for Windows phones, including Skype. The camera takes surprisingly good pics and video, and personally I do not care about not having a front facing camera. I also find the battery life to be pretty good. Excellent phone all around. I was lucky enough to get one on sale over the Labour Day weekend at Future Shop so am especially pleased with this purchase.

  • from Coquitlam, BC
  • Sep 26, 2013

Geat Phone

It's an amazing phone, and not just for the price. Great photos, great sensitive screen, and very fast. The Windows Phone OS is also extremely well-designed. So far, every app I wanted has been available and the free office and Skydrive is really good!

  • from Calgary, AB
  • Sep 23, 2013



  • from Kitchener, ON
  • Sep 22, 2013

Great phone

All the apps I want are there, and it works very smoothly. Plus I can now save a good chunk off of my phone bill as I am bringing my own device. Even if you're in the market for an mp3 player, take a look at this phone. It is much cheaper than an iPod, and is expandable to 72 GB of memory

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Sep 05, 2013

Great phone with great experience

I believe at this price, it is an amazing phone, way better than many android phones with similar price tag, this phone gives very smooth user experience, it does all job facebook, twitter, whatapp, youtube, mail, call quality is also very good, battery is also good enough for a day. Overall very happy with this inexpensive phone, Nokia and windows made something good in budget. I will suggest if someone is looking for a buget smartphone, this one is the best phone.

  • from Aurora, ON
  • Sep 03, 2013

Excellent for the price

surprised at how well the touchscreen responds and the speed of the response. Very happy with the phone after 3 days of use. It has a similar feel to other more expensive phones that i've used like android phones and BB.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Sep 02, 2013

Fast phone for a low-price.

It is fast, speedy, and gets things done. There aren't enough apps/games on the Windows Store to compete with Apple and the screen picks up fingerprints really easily but you can't hate it for the price.

  • from Winnipeg, MB
  • Sep 01, 2013

Worst phone I've ever had

Bad screen. Capacitive buttons vibrate the phone every time you touch them. The windows phone OS is severely limited and the app store is missing a huge number of apps. Get an Android phone instead.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Aug 25, 2013

Nokia Lumia 520 is great value

Very pleased with Lumia 520. The map and navigation app and ability to store and use offline is great.