Cheap smartphones: The $229 Nokia Lumia 520

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Cheap smartphones: The $229 Nokia Lumia 520

If you're in the market for a cheap smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a budget option that might be worth considering.

The unlocked Nokia Lumia 520 (meaning you can use it on different phone networks) goes on sale this month for $229 from Allphones, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

If you are happy to use Telstra, the Lumia 520 is cheaper at $179 on Telstra prepaid from April 30 (locked to Telstra).
 
As with the other phones in Nokia's Lumia range, the 520 has Nokia’s turn-by-turn navigation.
 
If you're not sure about Windows Phones, another major advantage is you get Microsoft Office, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel. This could be handy for editing or reading presentations and documents when you're away from your desk and all you have is your phone. You can also read our article which explains more about the pros and cons of Windows Phones.
 
As would be expected at this price range, the phone has a moderate feature set. It does have 8GB of internal storage though, which is double most smartphones in this price category. Storage is also expandable via the Micro SD card slot. The 520 does not take advantage of 4G network speeds.
 
Another option is spending an extra $70 for the 4G and more capable Nokia Lumia 820, which at the time of writing can still be purchased from Kogan for $299 plus postage.
 
 
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