Nokia Lumia 521 sells in T-Mobile stores May 22

T-Mobile and Microsoft will sell the budget Windows 8 phone for $150; or grab it at Walmart for $20 less.

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If you're itching to snap up a budget Nokia Lumia 521 , head over to Walmart on May 11 and buy it for $130, its full retail price.

If you aren't in a rush, the Windows Phone 8 handset also goes on sale May 22 at T-Mobile stores, Microsoft retail stores, and T-Mobile's Web site for $150.

However, if you don't want to fork over the full sum at once, you can also buy the budget smartphone for $30 down and pay $5 installments every month for the next two years. Either way you look at it, the Lumia 521 is one dirt-cheap smartphone.

The Lumia 521 has a 4-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera that records 720p HD video, and the range of Microsoft services and Nokia's extra apps. It supports HSPA+ but not T-Mobile's faster 4G LTE.

One other thing to note is that the Lumia 521 comes with Wi-Fi calling already installed if you buy it through T-Mobile. The carrier will turn on the feature May 20 for customers who buy it through other outlets.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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