View Poll Results: AT&T 1520 or International 1520?

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  • Get the international one. HSPA+ is fast enough.

    21 36.21%
  • Get the AT&T version. LTE speeds are worth the trade-off.

    23 39.66%
  • Undecided

    7 12.07%
  • Other - see reply.

    7 12.07%
12-23-2013 09:39 AM
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  1. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    So I'm in the market for a new phone, been using the Galaxy Note I since it's release and it's time to retire it. I didn't take Windows Phones seriously until I saw the 1520. While I still think WP8 is lagging behind Android in key features, I'm tired of the stutter/lag Android has no matter how good the phone's specs. On that note, I'm split right now between getting an international 1520 (no warranty except squaretrade) vs an AT&T one. I know there's challenges in getting the AT&T one unlocked but my sister's had their service for several years now so I plan to use her account to get the code.

    AT&T of course gimped the 1520 by removing Qi wireless charging and halved the internal storage from 32gb to 16gb vs the international one that has everything except LTE. If you guys had to pick one, would you think sacrificing manufacturer warranty and LTE is worth the trade off? Or would you go for AT&T's gimped version with half the ram? I know a 32 GB one is slated for release but there's been no date given and I hate playing the waiting game.


    EDIT: PURCHASED THE INTERNATIONAL (RM-937) 1520!
    Just a quick update for the thread, I ended up purchasing a Yellow RM-937 variant off eBay for $684 shipped. The seller warranties the product for 12 months (60 days parts and labor) and opens it to check for defects prior to shipping. I bought my Galaxy Note from them before too so its a very solid seller. In the end, I realized LTE is completely useless for me with its tiny GB caps, so even if I can download stuff faster, I'd still be constrained severely by caps. Given that the international (RM-937) is superior in every way compared to AT&T's version and the cost difference was only $84 between getting the AT&T one on Amazon vs eBay, it made my decision that much easier. In fact I got $13.68 eBay bucks as a result so the total cost was $670! That makes the price difference a mere $70 between the gimped AT&T version and the RM-937.

    I just realized the AT&T version doesn't come with headphones either so add another $10 for that to the cost saved: http://www.amazon.com/Original-Nokia...pUvbUpU2246691 so now the price difference is only $60!
    Link to eBay store: http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=j6o1V2YW
    Last edited by 5150 Joker; 12-07-2013 at 05:56 AM.
    12-03-2013 09:26 PM
  2. rdubmu's Avatar
    You wont beable to unlock the 1520 i believe for 6 months

    Sent from my LG-D801 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    12-03-2013 10:18 PM
  3. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    Their unlock policy states the following:
    General Eligibility Requirements for Unlocking All AT&T Mobile Devices
    AT&T will unlock an AT&T Mobile Device under the following circumstances:
    The person requesting the unlock must be one of the following:
    a current AT&T customer a former AT&T customer who can provide the phone number or account number for the account The AT&T Mobile Device was designed for use on AT&T's network.The AT&T Mobile Device has been paid for in full. The AT&T Mobile Device has not been reported lost or stolen.

    Customer-Specific Requirements
    Postpaid Phones and Tablets with a Service Commitment: Account is in good standing (i.e., it has no past due amount or unpaid balance owed AT&T), and all contract obligations, including any Service Commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied. The Service Commitment associated with a given device may be satisfied in one of the following ways:
    Fulfillment of the Service Commitment by expiration of any contractual term Upgrading to a new device under AT&T standard or early upgrade policies. Note: the customer must wait 14 days after the device upgrade has been completed to request an unlock of the previous device. Payment of any applicable Early Termination Fee

    Postpaid Phones and Tablets with no Service Commitment: Account has been active for at least sixty days and is in good standing (i.e., it has no past due amount or unpaid balance owed AT&T).

    Prepaid / GoPhones: Device has been active for at least 6 months.


    Additional Information About AT&T Mobile Device Unlocks
    Business customers should make a request to unlock a business device at ATT.com/biz. Current customers will be allowed up to five (5) unlocks per account, per year. Former customers will be allowed a total of five (5) unlocks per former account. In addition, AT&T will unlock any AT&T Mobile Device for an active and deployed member of the military who is a current AT&T customer in good standing and is able to provide AT&T with deployment verification.
    AT&T Mobile Device Unlock Requests
    To request an AT&T Mobile Device unlock just complete our simple online unlock request form and we'll take it from there.
    Requests may complete within 48 hours but may take as long as 5 business days.
    Important Note
    AT&T reserves the right to deny any unlock request that it concludes would result in an abuse of this policy or is part of an effort to defraud AT&T or its customers. AT&T further reserves the right to alter this unlocking policy at its discretion without advance notice.
    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

    I'm not going to be using a Prepaid/GoPhone plan so the 6 months doesn't apply. I'm going to use an existing family AT&T plan to get the code which is in line with their policy.
    Last edited by 5150 Joker; 12-03-2013 at 10:33 PM.
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    12-03-2013 10:21 PM
  4. BDBDBD's Avatar
    There have been a few discussions here between AT&T policy in theory and reality. Sure, AT&T Policy states the above where you are supposed to be able to unlock the phone upon being an active customer. The reality is that almost no one has been able to do this successfully. Either the website says the phone is unable to be unlocked or the salespeople say they are locked out of the system, there always seems to be an issue. Just read the threads here and you'll see what people are dealing with.
    12-03-2013 10:52 PM
  5. jeetu4444's Avatar
    I would anyday prefer the international version....its has 32gb in built has qi charging and is unlocked.
    12-03-2013 11:09 PM
  6. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    There have been a few discussions here between AT&T policy in theory and reality. Sure, AT&T Policy states the above where you are supposed to be able to unlock the phone upon being an active customer. The reality is that almost no one has been able to do this successfully. Either the website says the phone is unable to be unlocked or the salespeople say they are locked out of the system, there always seems to be an issue. Just read the threads here and you'll see what people are dealing with.
    Yes I saw a few people ran into issues but I'm going to try to get their supervisors on the phone and see how it goes if I decide to go with the gimped AT&T version.

    I would anyday prefer the international version....its has 32gb in built has qi charging and is unlocked.
    The international version is tempting because it has everything feature wise except LTE. Problem is HSPA+ is pretty slow out here (2-3 Mbs down, 0.8 Mbps up) so having a much faster connection seems quite appealing. Qi wireless is something I could give up since I'm used to plugging a power cable into my phone but the cut down internal storage [corrected] really bothers me.
    Last edited by 5150 Joker; 12-04-2013 at 08:08 AM.
    12-04-2013 04:41 AM
  7. naplesbill's Avatar
    Yes I saw a few people ran into issues but I'm going to try to get their supervisors on the phone and see how it goes if I decide to go with the gimped AT&T version.



    The international version is tempting because it has everything feature wise except LTE. Problem is HSPA+ is pretty slow out here (2-3 Mbs down, 0.8 Mbps up) so having a much faster connection seems quite appealing. Qi wireless is something I could give up since I'm used to plugging a power cable into my phone but the cut down ram really bothers me.



    I would not want a non LTE device either. I have a 64gb microsd for my music and photos so the 16gb of internal storage is not a big deal to me. The main reason I chose the 1520 over the 1020 is the microsd slot on the 1520.

    I am not aware that the international version has more than 2gb of RAM. Or, are you referring to the decreased internal storage?


    The Qi charging is not a big deal but it is curious why it was removed.

    I am 100% satisfied with this device.


    Sent from my RM-940_nam_att_200 using Tapatalk
    12-04-2013 05:24 AM
  8. snowmutt's Avatar
    This is so subjective, but I guess that is why you put up the poll!!

    I was actually torn on this one, because that 32GB of memory is important. This is a 6" device aimed at media consumption. The built in storage is always better then expanded.

    But, I voted for the AT&T version because:

    -While not as handy and a little limiting, it does have the option for expanded memory, which helps offset the 32GB reduction.

    -There are wireless shells to offset the loss of the Qi standard built in. while expensive, and a different standard, the option is there if you truly miss the wireless charging. Also, they have these neat cords that plug into a wall socket and into the phone, I hear they charge your cell phone really well. So again.... the AT&T version has options to replace what is missing.

    But there is no way to add in LTE capabilities later. Yes, the pretend-4G HSPA+ speeds are fine, but since this is a mass media device, those LTE speeds and connections will make a huge difference in streaming services and downloading other goodies. Buying the international version sacrifices that for the life of the device.
    12-04-2013 06:18 AM
  9. Kha Bui's Avatar
    Their unlock policy states the following:

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

    I'm not going to be using a Prepaid/GoPhone plan so the 6 months doesn't apply. I'm going to use an existing family AT&T plan to get the code which is in line with their policy.
    I think we can actually have the phone on an EXIST AT&T account to get the unlock code no matter you buy your phone off-contract!
    12-04-2013 01:04 PM
  10. Tuomo Ruponen's Avatar
    I just bought 1520 in Finland with Qi & 32GB & LTE... Visit verkkokauppa.com and ask international delivery. Perhaps they can ...
    12-04-2013 01:13 PM
  11. Reflexx's Avatar
    What service will you be using the phone with? LTE isn't the same between all carriers. While AT&T's 1520 has LTE, that doesn't mean it will work on someone else's LTE.

    AT&T also wont unlock a device until you've owned it for 6 months. It will need to show up on your account or purchase history for 6 months.

    There are exceptions for cheaper devices sometimes. But they wont unlock higher end smartphones before that 6 month time period.

    You dont want to pay money only just on the hope that MAYBE you might be able to unlock it if you are able to convince a supervisor to go against internal policy.
    12-04-2013 01:14 PM
  12. Citizen X's Avatar
    If you are going to use it on at&t's network get the at&t version. A smartphone without LTE 100% fully functional is terrible.
    12-04-2013 02:07 PM
  13. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    What service will you be using the phone with? LTE isn't the same between all carriers. While AT&T's 1520 has LTE, that doesn't mean it will work on someone else's LTE.

    AT&T also wont unlock a device until you've owned it for 6 months. It will need to show up on your account or purchase history for 6 months.

    There are exceptions for cheaper devices sometimes. But they wont unlock higher end smartphones before that 6 month time period.

    You dont want to pay money only just on the hope that MAYBE you might be able to unlock it if you are able to convince a supervisor to go against internal policy.
    Where does it state that their internal policy is 6 months? Their website clearly states what their requirements are and they are legally obligated to follow that.
    12-04-2013 04:04 PM
  14. Faksnima's Avatar
    I had to register to reply to this thread. I can't believe some of the complaints I'm hearing regarding 16gb instead of 32 or the removal of Qi charging. This phone is $99 on contract from AT&T....compared to the note 3, it's nearly 1/3rd to 50% lower (depending on US provider)...Yes the note 3 comes with 32gb but still has no standard wireless charging.

    Guys, this thing has a micro sd card...for $99, I think the 16gb difference is minimal. Just buy a card with the amount you saved. As for Qi charging, I still think that's a matter of taste. Personally, it's a neat little feature (for me), but I'd have little use for it unless I bought multiple charging docks. I have my phone plugged into my car's usb, my bedroom's usb, my computer's usb...it's never in one place...in addition there is a fix for that as well - buy the cover.

    Fact is, if a 16gb option was available, as well as a 32 gb option, I'd go w/ the 16. With a Micro SD card, 7gb of skydrive storage, and 50mb of Mega online storage, I'm sure you won't run out of space. One thing that may've been a game breaker for me was changing the screen from IPS to AMOLED, but thankfully the international variant's screen was kept.

    AT&T was never going to sell this unit at $250+, which is what it may've ended up costing if internal storage and Qi was added. WP8 is still very niche right now and Nokia/AT&T/Microsoft want to sell as many as possible. I bought this phone on Saturday for $99, the MS store threw in the $40 Nokia case, $70 in apps and Halo Spartan Assault for free. Not to mention AT&T's retention unit has a back to contract promotion of a $100 on the line being upgraded. They also waived my activation fee. I almost got paid to take the 1520 and I'm growing to enjoy it very much. Let's not pick on small variances - fact is as WP users, we appear to get incredible bangs for our buck.
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    12-04-2013 04:25 PM
  15. Reflexx's Avatar
    Where does it state that their internal policy is 6 months? Their website clearly states what their requirements are and they are legally obligated to follow that.
    You can try. But if you are unsuccessful, dont say that you weren't warned.
    12-04-2013 04:27 PM
  16. daikku's Avatar
    As far as I know, the international version comes with LTE. I would personally but the international version of I were you assuming it works perfectly well in the US. Which it should!
    12-04-2013 04:34 PM
  17. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    I had to register to reply to this thread. I can't believe some of the complaints I'm hearing regarding 16gb instead of 32 or the removal of Qi charging. This phone is $99 on contract from AT&T....compared to the note 3, it's nearly 1/3rd to 50% lower (depending on US provider)...Yes the note 3 comes with 32gb but still has no standard wireless charging.

    Guys, this thing has a micro sd card...for $99, I think the 16gb difference is minimal. Just buy a card with the amount you saved. As for Qi charging, I still think that's a matter of taste. Personally, it's a neat little feature (for me), but I'd have little use for it unless I bought multiple charging docks. I have my phone plugged into my car's usb, my bedroom's usb, my computer's usb...it's never in one place...in addition there is a fix for that as well - buy the cover.

    Fact is, if a 16gb option was available, as well as a 32 gb option, I'd go w/ the 16. With a Micro SD card, 7gb of skydrive storage, and 50mb of Mega online storage, I'm sure you won't run out of space. One thing that may've been a game breaker for me was changing the screen from IPS to AMOLED, but thankfully the international variant's screen was kept.

    AT&T was never going to sell this unit at $250+, which is what it may've ended up costing if internal storage and Qi was added. WP8 is still very niche right now and Nokia/AT&T/Microsoft want to sell as many as possible. I bought this phone on Saturday for $99, the MS store threw in the $40 Nokia case, $70 in apps and Halo Spartan Assault for free. Not to mention AT&T's retention unit has a back to contract promotion of a $100 on the line being upgraded. They also waived my activation fee. I almost got paid to take the 1520 and I'm growing to enjoy it very much. Let's not pick on small variances - fact is as WP users, we appear to get incredible bangs for our buck.
    There is no way 16 GB of internal memory costs $150+ premium, you would have to be extremely naive to believe that. Flash memory is extremely cheap these days. Secondly, their off contract price (which is what this thread is about) is $550+ and for that price it should have 32 GB. An external sd card is a poor substitute for internal storage since it comes with limitations and is slower.

    There is absolutely no excuse for AT&T to have cut it in half. And ditching Qi wireless for an unproven standard was just politics on AT&T's part, nothing that benefits the consumer.

    You can try. But if you are unsuccessful, dont say that you weren't warned.
    I've heard it can work on Straight Talk without an unlock, is this true? That's what I plan to use it with but regardless I'll push for an unlock code. If I go for AT&T's version I'll likely wait on the 32 GB since 16 GB is terrible for a high end flagship phone. My old Note that's a few years old already had 16 GB internal + microSD functionality so a brand new flagship phone should certainly double that.

    That said AT&T has stated the full 32 GB version will be available from them so I'm hoping it's by next month.
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    12-04-2013 04:37 PM
  18. Malcolm Clement's Avatar
    someone with knowledge on the matter - can you answer this?

    is it possible to retrofit the lumia 1520 (or lumia 1020 for that matter) with built in qi charging? if all it takes is a thin case to make the device qi compatible is it possible for someone to build it in after the fact? i understand this would include a partial disassemble of the phone much like changing the shell on a lumia 920.
    12-04-2013 04:42 PM
  19. KillerFry's Avatar
    Hey there!

    I am very interested in the 1520, and I've found a site that offers it unlocked - which, since I live in Mexico, that's the way to go... I guess...

    What they told me is they have the RM-937 and RM-940 models. It is my understanding that RM-940 is the one for AT&T, right? So if I get the unlocked international one I will get wireless charging, which I like.

    My other question is... and forgive my ignorance on this... but in Mexico it seems that LTE uses the 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 bands (which seem to be the same ones AT&T uses), but the global model (RM-937) has support for 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600... does this mean I won't be able to use LTE?

    Thanks for your help!

    ================= EDIT ============

    I just found out how LTE works. It seems that Mexico uses the LTE Band 4, just as AT&T does... so I guess I'd have to wait for the unlocked RM-938 if I want LTE speeds here... then again, LTE is just new, and they're just testing it in like... 6 or 7 cities in the country. I just happen to be in one.
    Last edited by KillerFry; 12-04-2013 at 05:19 PM. Reason: Did my homework.
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    12-04-2013 04:49 PM
  20. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    I just got back from the AT&T store and the manager working there claimed no unlock codes would be issued on the phone for at least 6 months. I mentioned the website policy to him and he said, "well its wrong because I bought a lumia 920 off contract and I had to wait 6 months for the unlock code. We have a contract with the manufacturer and they don't allow unlocks for a period of time". Don't know if he was clueless or just speaking from his own anecdotal experience. Clearly there are people on this forum that have obtained unlock codes so there has to be a way around it.

    So final question before I decide: Can the AT&T locked version be used on Straighttalk that uses AT&T towers?
    12-04-2013 09:42 PM
  21. kbilly70's Avatar
    I thought I saw a post in another thread that stated the 32GB version of the 1520 would not have an SD slot. Does anyone have any info on that?
    12-04-2013 09:50 PM
  22. kbilly70's Avatar
    I had to register to reply to this thread. I can't believe some of the complaints I'm hearing regarding 16gb instead of 32 or the removal of Qi charging. This phone is $99 on contract from AT&T....compared to the note 3, it's nearly 1/3rd to 50% lower (depending on US provider)...Yes the note 3 comes with 32gb but still has no standard wireless charging.

    Guys, this thing has a micro sd card...for $99, I think the 16gb difference is minimal. Just buy a card with the amount you saved. As for Qi charging, I still think that's a matter of taste. Personally, it's a neat little feature (for me), but I'd have little use for it unless I bought multiple charging docks. I have my phone plugged into my car's usb, my bedroom's usb, my computer's usb...it's never in one place...in addition there is a fix for that as well - buy the cover.

    Fact is, if a 16gb option was available, as well as a 32 gb option, I'd go w/ the 16. With a Micro SD card, 7gb of skydrive storage, and 50mb of Mega online storage, I'm sure you won't run out of space. One thing that may've been a game breaker for me was changing the screen from IPS to AMOLED, but thankfully the international variant's screen was kept.

    AT&T was never going to sell this unit at $250+, which is what it may've ended up costing if internal storage and Qi was added. WP8 is still very niche right now and Nokia/AT&T/Microsoft want to sell as many as possible. I bought this phone on Saturday for $99, the MS store threw in the $40 Nokia case, $70 in apps and Halo Spartan Assault for free. Not to mention AT&T's retention unit has a back to contract promotion of a $100 on the line being upgraded. They also waived my activation fee. I almost got paid to take the 1520 and I'm growing to enjoy it very much. Let's not pick on small variances - fact is as WP users, we appear to get incredible bangs for our buck.
    The $99 price is a web only promotion. The phone is normally $199.

    Wireless charging might not be a big deal to some but for someone like me who has invested in multiple charging plates for my 920 it is.

    Its been discussed in other threads but 16GB can be an issue if you are app heavy or install a lot of games since you can't install to the SD.
    12-04-2013 09:55 PM
  23. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    I thought I saw a post in another thread that stated the 32GB version of the 1520 would not have an SD slot. Does anyone have any info on that?
    Both versions have it.
    12-04-2013 09:55 PM
  24. kbilly70's Avatar
    Both versions have it.
    Sorry I meant the At&t 32GB version. I swear I saw someone post in a another thread that it won't come with the SD slot but can't find the thread.

    It might have been on the At&t forum but thought it was here.
    12-04-2013 09:58 PM
  25. Idzaudin Idz's Avatar
    Att version destroy Lumia 1520.. Get global version
    12-04-2013 10:02 PM
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