08-26-2014 07:05 PM
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  1. darkpgr's Avatar
    I was wondering if the 32 GB 1520 AT&T has is identical to their 16 GB version except for the storage or if the 32 GB was actually just like the unbranded 32 GB / 1520.3? I am looking to upgrade from my 920...
    08-18-2014 06:44 PM
  2. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    Hi. Just wanted to chime in and say I think it is worth it. I too had a 920, loved it but was ready to move on so I bought a 32 GB 1520 online. I also bought a 64 GB SD card so I'm rocking and rolling. The only issue I have is it occasionally doesn't respond right away after swiping to unlock the screen. Happens once every few days or so. No big deal, just click the power button to make it dark and the unlock again. I do not have any experience with the 1520.3 unlocked version however so I can't compare to that. Love the phone tho. Fast, beautiful screen, plenty of storage, heck of a phone.
    08-18-2014 07:21 PM
  3. xandros9's Avatar
    All signs from what I see points to AT&T's (arguably) gimped 1520 with more memory.
    08-18-2014 07:22 PM
  4. DuncanBishop's Avatar
    I can say it maybe worth the extra storage...with the micro sd cards coming down in price..get a 16 and add 64 or if you really need space a 128GB card.
    And your good to go..my 3 cents :)
    08-18-2014 07:32 PM
  5. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    I don't see the 32GB version right now on AT&T online. Are you sure it's still available?
    08-18-2014 07:45 PM
  6. darkpgr's Avatar
    Yeah it shows up for me when I go to their upgrade screen (I'm a Premier member though and as far as I know that changes which phones do or don't show up).
    08-18-2014 09:18 PM
  7. DuncanBishop's Avatar
    I dont think at&t is selling that model anymore.(Nokia lumia 32GB)
    08-18-2014 09:41 PM
  8. ScottGeek's Avatar
    Not sure I understand what "gimped" means.... The At&t is not the international version of the phone, which as I understand it the wireless charging is different between the two editions (i.e. you have to make sure that if you are going to do wireless charging you get the right case and pad for the at&t edition).

    As far as the phone itself, I've not read that anything else is different. Now with that said, you may not be able to find the 32GB version @ at&t... unless you look on Amazon or Best Buy where there maybe old stock left.

    In the end, is 16GB less memory a bad thing? Yeah, not really... get a good 64GB sd card (a fast one made for mobile devices) and you should be just fine. You can push apps, photos, and etc to the sd card anymore. I have the 32GB at&t with a 128GB sd card and I'm no where near filling this device up.

    I have yet to run into into any major issues with the 1520... there is reason why it's considered at the top of the heap. Only the 1020 has a higher res camera (@41mp) over the 1520, but the 20mp camera on the 1520 does just fine.

    Anyway, that's what I know. Hope that helps...

    ~ScottGeek.
    Last edited by ScottGeek; 08-19-2014 at 12:32 PM.
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    08-18-2014 10:07 PM
  9. manicottiK's Avatar
    The AT&T-branded Lumia 1520 does not have Qi; I don't know if they still have the 32GB model.

    The AT&T retail price is $585. The 20-month AT&T Next agreement is $30/mo for 20 months (i.e., $600), although you can buy for just 12 months' worth ($360) and get the rest waived if you buy into another Next contract and turn in the phone in very good condition. If you sign a 2-year agreement, you'll pay $240 up front ($200 for the phone and $40 to setup or extend a contract) and an extra $15/mo for the phone -- that's $600, too.

    The Lumia 1520.3 at B&H Photo is $490, has 32GB, Qi charging, and a U.S. warranty. However, repairs will be via a mail-in since you can't stop by an AT&T store. The B&H purchase will likely be sales tax free, so that might save another $30-40 on the cost when purchased from AT&T.

    So, the difference between the cheapest AT&T option (Next 12 with the trade-in of your 1520 in very good condition at the earliest possible time) would save $130 off of the 1520.3 price. The Next agreement remains a good deal 3-4 months, depending on sales tax offsets (i.e., months 13-17 of your agreement); after that, it costs more than the 1520.3. All other AT&T options cost more than the 1520.3.

    So, if you swing the $490 up-front cost and really want Qi and the full 32GB, the 1520.3 is a good option, particularly if you want lots of freedom about when to upgrade or if you plan to keep the 1520.3 for 18 months or more. If you can live with the AT&T model, take very good care of your phones, and want to upgrade often, a Next agreement is the best plan for a 13-17 month ownership window.

    [This part was added 90 minutes later.]
    I forgot to mention that the time window for when AT&T Next program is financially advantageous changes if you plan to see a used 1520.3 when you're ready to upgrade. For every $30 you can get, you can cut a month off of the 13-17 month window. Indeed, if you can more than $130 for a year-old 1520.3, the Next program is never a better deal in terms of cost. However, if the $490 up-front cost is a problem for you, the resale value of the 1520.3 is irrelevant because this option isn't available to you.
    Last edited by manicottiK; 08-19-2014 at 06:50 PM.
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    08-19-2014 05:14 PM
  10. ScottGeek's Avatar
    Here's how to get Qi wireless charging back on your AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 | Windows Phone Central

    So to be clear about the At&t edition of the 1520, without Qi charging... it does have PMA wireless charging.... the above "how-to" is a good read...

    ~ScottGeek.
    08-19-2014 06:12 PM
  11. manicottiK's Avatar
    The AT&T edition is PMA-ready, it doesn't actual have all of the necessary PMA parts inside the phone itself. To get the rest of the parts, the phone is placed in a case and that case is heavy (1.75 oz on top of the 7.25 of the phone itself) and thick (13.7mm instead of the 8.7 of the phone itself). I'm not a case kind of guy, so I really dislike this idea. However, I suspect that most people uses cases, so this might not matter much to most users.

    To add Qi to the AT&T edition, you need to perform some surgery that voids your warranty.

    Frankly, the whole wireless debates should be nearly irrelevant unless a particular shopper already has both an investment in Qi wireless charging and has become accustomed to using it. If those both aren't true, the AT&T edition is not a recognizable step down in terms of convenience. For long-time 920 users, it is. How far a step each user perceives helps determine if it's worth the time, money, and risk to modifying the phone or buying an out-of-market device.

    For what it's worth, I added a paragraph about resale value at the end of my last comments, two posts up.
    08-19-2014 06:44 PM
  12. DuncanBishop's Avatar
    I like how you think...good information for sure!
    08-19-2014 10:40 PM
  13. Nimdock's Avatar
    Listen to manicottiK, the 1520.3 in B&H Photo is they way to go and it is completely worth it!
    08-19-2014 10:59 PM
  14. JamesPTao's Avatar
    For a 920 owner I would definelty get the 1520.3 . I also currently own a 920 and would miss the qi charging. Also my wife has the qi case for her 1020 and it works but obviously means you can't use any case you want. Also the built on qi works better I can place mine sideways and it still works where the case is more finicky.
    08-19-2014 11:21 PM
  15. kj_wp's Avatar
    I suggest the 1520.3 also from b&h, newegg. AT&T custom firmware, locked features (i.e. tethering, etc.). OS updates even small patches. As far as internal memory, as I understand most internal memory is faster. Not total throughput but access time, that's why program installation was only allowed on internal memory. The different performance between SD card manufacturer impacts performance. The OS updates are the most important as bug fixes are most important
    08-20-2014 01:18 AM
  16. Nimdock's Avatar
    that's why program installation was only allowed on internal memory.
    Huh? You can install apps in the micro sd card.
    08-20-2014 07:08 AM
  17. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I don't think it's worth it, as microSD can have more for less $.
    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 920 using Tapatalk
    08-20-2014 07:10 AM
  18. ScottGeek's Avatar
    Huh? You can install apps in the micro sd card.
    It depends on the App, in general yes you can install Apps to the SD; however App developers can and do prohibit that ability. I've found that the majority of apps allow the SD card installation. I wish the app store would add a filter allowing you to list apps that allow on phone installs....

    ~ScottGeek.
    08-20-2014 12:48 PM
  19. Nimdock's Avatar
    It depends on the App, in general yes you can install Apps to the SD; however App developers can and do prohibit that ability. I've found that the majority of apps allow the SD card installation. I wish the app store would add a filter allowing you to list apps that allow on phone installs....

    ~ScottGeek.
    Saying depends on the app and that it can be disabled is not the same as the blanket statement "program installation was only allowed on internal memory".

    I never said it could not be disabled for certain apps.
    08-20-2014 01:48 PM
  20. BooR4dley's Avatar
    You can get a 16G refurb for free from AT&T, to me that's worth it any way you slice it.
    08-20-2014 02:40 PM
  21. JamesPTao's Avatar
    Internal memory is always more efficient but aside from this if one plans on selling the phone when they're done the 1520.3 will sell for more as supply vs demand will be in their favor and the at&t version will be a dime a dozen by comparison. So it really comes down to. Do you want qi? And can you afford to pay up front?
    08-20-2014 03:43 PM
  22. manicottiK's Avatar
    You can get a 16G refurb for free from AT&T, to me that's worth it any way you slice it.
    If you mean that it's free on a 2-year contract, know that the contract price is $15/month higher than the Next or month-to-month price. That means that the refurbished 16GB AT&T 1520 is really costing you $360 spread out over 24 payments. That's less exciting than free, but it's still pretty cheap.
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    08-20-2014 06:46 PM
  23. AndyD33's Avatar
    If you're getting the AT&T version, what would the price different be between the 16gb version and the 32gb version for you?

    That would be the only difference, and with 8.1 you can install apps to the SD card, so it's not really that important of a difference beyond price.
    08-20-2014 07:29 PM
  24. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    Also want to add that I got my 32GB model on Ebay, brand new for 420 bucks. Black model by the way. If you are still thinking of getting 1 check on there for a good deal. For 400 bucks, you can't go wrong with this phone.
    08-24-2014 02:49 PM
  25. scdkad's Avatar
    Since I got mine for .99...yep, worth it to me!
    08-24-2014 11:40 PM
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