Nokia Lumia 520 now available through AT&T's GoPhone

The lower-end Lumia can be had for $99.99 without requiring the usual two-year contract.

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AT&T subscribers looking for a prepaid, contract-free Windows Phone handset now have a shot at the Lumia 520.

On Monday, the carrier announced that it would begin selling the 520 on Friday , but it beat that by one day. As of Thursday, the phone is listed on AT&T's Web site as selling for $99.99 with free shipping to your doorstep or in-store pickup.

The Lumia 520 is the first Windows Phone device available through AT&T's GoPhone. Though GoPhone, AT&T customers can prepay for the phone without being saddled with a long-term commitment. Buyers can choose from among four monthly plans.

The $25 plan requires you to add a separate data package -- $5 for 5MB per month. The $40 plan comes with 200MB of data. The $50 plan is Wi-Fi only. And the $60 plan offers 2GB of data per month.

The Lumia 520 runs on AT&T's 4G network. That's doesn't mean LTE but rather HSPA+, which the carrier labels 4G. The phone sports a 4-inch screen with an 800x480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz dual-core processor.

A variant of the Lumia 520 is also available in the U.S. through T-Mobile, which sells it as the Lumia 521 .

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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