07-23-2015 08:37 AM
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  1. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    I currently have a Nokia Icon on Verizon.
    From what I have read the 1520 is the same specs as the Nokia Icon except of course it is a 6" monster.
    I've kind of always wanted one but all Verizon had was the Icon then they stopped selling it with no good reason.
    (Verizon hates Windows phones).

    So I see that I can just buy a used 1520 for about $225 to $250 on eBay that is unlocked for T-Mobile.
    I want to get unlimited data again and save some $$$ on my cell bill.

    Anyway, is the 1520 still a viable phone?
    I assume it is also ready for Windows 10 preview as was on the ICON.

    I also considered the Nokia 1020 with that bad *** camera but I see that it has a slower dual core processor and a AMOLED that isn't as good as the LCD in the 1520.

    Any advice?
    I'm fixing to order something soon so I can walk into T-Mobile to transfer soon.
    I guess they will reimburse me most of what I will own Verizon for cancelling early.
    06-07-2015 05:58 PM
  2. Ian Legarda's Avatar
    I'm currently using the 1520/830 on TMobile. The 1520 isn't quite the same as the Icon. Maybe as far as the CPU, GPU? And RAM are concerned. Aside from the larger screen, you will now have glance. You will also have expandable storage. The one thing you will loose however is Qi wireless charging unless you mod a NA 1520, or you purchase a 1520.3. Both will work fine with the TMobile network. With that said, the 1520 does have its issues. You'll have to do a little digging around to find out what they are and I'd you can live with those.

    To answer your question, yes, I think the 1520 is still a viable option at this time. The only thing that makes me second guess my decision of using the 1520 is my 830.
    06-07-2015 06:19 PM
  3. bo_woods's Avatar
    I would definitely recommend it.

    The 1520 still continues to be a great device!

    Going from the ICON your getting a slimmer device, a micro SD slot, Glance screen, and amazing battery life.

    The only downside is the possible appearance of "ghost taps" where the screen registers taps and scrolls without actually being touched, but not everybody has this issue. It seems to have a connection to being flexed in peoples front pockets, so if you avoid putting it there then you should be fine. If they do occur you can always take it to a Microsoft store and they may replace it for you (maybe), or if you purchase a squaretrade warranty, you can get a replacement that way. It's not that hard of an issue to live with either, if you do get "ghost taps". In most cases they don't get too extreme.

    Also the 1520 is indeed very large but a good case that adds grip can very much make up for that!

    Lastly I would definitely say 1520 over 1020. The 1020's only advantage is the 41 megapixels, and xenon flash. Other than these things the 20 megapixel shooter on the 1520 is much improved and better. The 1520 & 930 cameras even beat some new android flagship devices apparently as seen from various reviews and camera tests.

    Also lastly you do lose Qi wireless charging and drop down to 16gb of storage (assuming you buy the At&t version), but unlike the ICON the 1520 has a micro SD slot.

    You also finally rid yourself of those BIG Verizon tattoos on the front and back of your phone! The AT&T 1520 simply has a small At&t globe on the top bezel of the display!

    Also I would recommend buying a green one, since those models are much newer ( started selling August 2014), which means they should all be under warranty, and you'll be guaranteed warranty replacement in case you do get ghost taps or any other defect. If green isn't for you you can always take the shell off and swap it with a different color, and then swap them back in case you need to send it in.
    But if you dont want to do that, then I'm sure Microsoft stores will help people with older 1520's as well as the newer in warranty green ones.

    Hope I helped!
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    06-07-2015 06:23 PM
  4. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    You will also have expandable storage.
    Yeah I saw that and I have missed that feature!

    I don't use wireless charging so I don't care about that.
    Half the charging time is in my vehicles anyway.

    So what is a 1050.3?
    That is the second time I saw that mentioned but I thought it was slang the first time. HA HA!
    06-07-2015 06:23 PM
  5. bo_woods's Avatar
    The 1520.3 is a somewhat rare 1520 model that is unlocked, gets LTE on U.S GSM carriers, but unlike the AT&T 1520, it has a nice juicy 32gb of internal storage, and built in Qi wireless charging
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    06-07-2015 06:27 PM
  6. bo_woods's Avatar
    1520
    -Slimmer but larger
    -better battery life
    -has glance
    -Micro Sd slot
    -IPS LCD Display
    -Supports LTE on U.S GSM carriers

    ICON
    -Higher ppi
    -Aluminum chassis with easier to remove backs
    -More built in memory
    -thicker but smaller
    -AMOLED Display
    -Built in Qi


    The built in Qi, and Extra built in storage are only advantages on the ICON vs. The 1520 if you get the AT&T model of course, as the other 1520 models have 32gigs and built in Qi just like the ICON/930
    06-07-2015 06:32 PM
  7. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    Also I would recommend buying a green one, since those models are much newer ( started selling August 2014), which means they should all be under warranty, and you'll be guaranteed warranty replacement in case you do get ghost taps or any other defect.
    Nice tip. I assume a case will hide that color anyway and I always run an otterbox or similar.

    I am an HVAC Tech. I carry the phone on my belt not in my pocket.
    So I use rubberized cases.
    06-07-2015 06:40 PM
  8. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    I assume I will need a USED or REFURBESHED one to get it unlocked for T-Mobile?
    06-07-2015 06:44 PM
  9. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    There are several on eBay that say unlocked for T-Mobile.

    I see one local in town that just says clean esn.

    What does it take to make it work on T-Mobile if I buy one used from someone that most likely had it on ATT?
    06-07-2015 06:46 PM
  10. Dr_8820's Avatar
    If you get a 1520, make sure that it is an AT&T branded one (RM-940). You can then go into the phone settings and manually turn on the 1700mhz band that T-Mobile uses.
    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 using Tapatalk
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    06-07-2015 06:54 PM
  11. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    I'm looking for deals. I certainly don't want a scratched up phone or one with issues.

    I think this looks promising and they have green

    Nokia Lumia 1520 Factory Unlocked RM 940 at T 16GB 4G LTE Touchscreen FRB | eBay
    06-07-2015 06:59 PM
  12. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    If you get a 1520, make sure that it is an AT&T branded one (RM-940). You can then go into the phone settings and manually turn on the 1700mhz band that T-Mobile uses.
    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 using Tapatalk
    Oh ok. Looks like that eBay add covers that. It is in the title.
    06-07-2015 07:00 PM
  13. Big Papa Smurf's Avatar
    If you get a 1520, make sure that it is an AT&T branded one (RM-940). You can then go into the phone settings and manually turn on the 1700mhz band that T-Mobile uses.
    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 using Tapatalk
    Or the 1520.3 (rm938)
    06-07-2015 07:46 PM
  14. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    Or the 1520.3 (rm938)
    When I search for that they are all selling close to full retail. Like $500+ bucks!
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    06-07-2015 08:17 PM
  15. kwambe5's Avatar
    I bought mine for around $400 about 3 months ago. Been loving it ever since. (RM-938)
    06-07-2015 08:28 PM
  16. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The 1520 is definitely a great device, as other folks have mentioned.

    How is T-Mobile coverage where you live and work? Will you have coverage as good as what you have with Verizon?

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
    06-07-2015 08:34 PM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I'm looking for deals. I certainly don't want a scratched up phone or one with issues.

    I think this looks promising and they have green

    Nokia Lumia 1520 Factory Unlocked RM 940 at T 16GB 4G LTE Touchscreen FRB | eBay
    A) The RM-940 is NOT Factory Unlocked...
    B) The green one they show is just a cheap green snap on case on a black 1520...

    While the seller (or someone) may have gotten the RM-940s Carrier Unlocked from AT&T that is not the same as Factory Unlocked (which the 1520.3 RM-938 actually is - Factory Unlocked for the Latin American markets).

    The incorrect statement that an AT&T branded phone is "Factory Unlocked" and that cheap case being passed off as a green 1520 leave me doubting the seller's knowledge and honesty.
    06-07-2015 09:05 PM
  18. bo_woods's Avatar
    A) The RM-940 is NOT Factory Unlocked...
    B) The green one they show is just a cheap green snap on case on a black 1520...

    While the seller (or someone) may have gotten the RM-940s Carrier Unlocked from AT&T that is not the same as Factory Unlocked (which the 1520.3 RM-938 actually is - Factory Unlocked for the Latin American markets).

    The incorrect statement that an AT&T branded phone is "Factory Unlocked" and that cheap case being passed off as a green 1520 leave me doubting the seller's knowledge and honesty.
    I wonder what the device would come as.. A green 1520, a black 1520, or literlally a black 1520 with the cheap green snap on case? Lol
    06-07-2015 09:43 PM
  19. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    All it requires is to be unlocked. I use my 1520 AT&T version just fine on T-Mobile because here in Dallas 1900Mhz is what T-Mobile uses. They are refarming their towers to 1900Mhz across the country.

    Also keep an eye on the Marketplace section of the forum if you want to get something less questionable than Ebay.
    06-08-2015 02:01 PM
  20. boltz82's Avatar
    You could also opt for a Nokia 930. You seem to be used to the Icon so the transition is negible. It is unlocked for GSM as well. You would lose LTE but would retain the wireless charging and gain the pedometer function. Mine gets H+ and runs almost as fast as LTE anyways.

    I also noticed that you state that you are a HVAC Tech and carry your phone on your belt and would want some form of Otterbox/ Otterbox-like protection. You would be limited in that regard with the 1520. When I had my 1520 I always worried about dropping it, breaking it, etc. I haven't had this same concern with the 930, especially with mine in it's Otterbox.
    06-08-2015 03:09 PM
  21. bo_woods's Avatar
    You could also opt for a Nokia 930. You seem to be used to the Icon so the transition is negible. It is unlocked for GSM as well. You would lose LTE but would retain the wireless charging and gain the pedometer function. Mine gets H+ and runs almost as fast as LTE anyways.

    I also noticed that you state that you are a HVAC Tech and carry your phone on your belt and would want some form of Otterbox/ Otterbox-like protection. You would be limited in that regard with the 1520. When I had my 1520 I always worried about dropping it, breaking it, etc. I haven't had this same concern with the 930, especially with mine in it's Otterbox.
    But don't forget there Is much risk in using the 930 in the U.S. If any issues/defects ( the infamous Mega battery drain, or Supernova heat issues) occur, and you've passed your sellers usual 30 day return period then your on your own, as you won't have any manufacturer warranty in the U.S, and Microsoft stores won't be able to help you. Your best bet of protection would be some type of paid protection plan such as SquareTrade.

    Also the Lumia 930 trends at like $300-350 around the web, which is much more than a 1520, although if you fish around enough you may be able to find one or two like new ones for about $280. Last time I checked Newegg has a refurbished gold Lumia 930 for like $320
    06-08-2015 03:23 PM
  22. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    If your talking 930 (and I do not think he was) then he can just use his Icon on T-Mobile. Max is 3G speed but that's fine, it just takes a bit of tweaking.
    06-08-2015 03:34 PM
  23. Iain_S's Avatar
    I have a Verizon icon that I use here in Canada and gets lte.
    06-08-2015 07:02 PM
  24. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    The 1520 is definitely a great device, as other folks have mentioned.

    How is T-Mobile coverage where you live and work? Will you have coverage as good as what you have with Verizon?
    T-Mobile used to suck as bad as Sprint but I guess they work pretty good here now.
    My friend has it for his phone and he has good signal everywhere we go and tests pretty fast internet speeds.
    Verizon seems to have oversold some of the areas here and the connection chokes.
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    06-09-2015 12:45 AM
  25. TrueMetalGeek's Avatar
    A) The RM-940 is NOT Factory Unlocked...
    B) The green one they show is just a cheap green snap on case on a black 1520...

    While the seller (or someone) may have gotten the RM-940s Carrier Unlocked from AT&T that is not the same as Factory Unlocked (which the 1520.3 RM-938 actually is - Factory Unlocked for the Latin American markets).

    The incorrect statement that an AT&T branded phone is "Factory Unlocked" and that cheap case being passed off as a green 1520 leave me doubting the seller's knowledge and honesty.
    I purchased this one. Seems to be the last Green because now green is not available.
    Nokia Lumia 1520 Refurbished UNLOCKED16GB RM 940 Red Black Green | eBay

    I also purchased an otterbox defender and a screen protector online as well as I like otterbox.
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    06-09-2015 12:49 AM
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