By Stephen Schenck | February 3, 2014 5:27 PM
Nokia’s Lumia 520 and 521 have become the best-selling Windows Phone 8 models around thanks in no small part to their incredibly affordable price tags. Not only did they launch cheap, but they’ve been getting even cheaper, and we regularly see them selling for well under $100. When you’ve got a smartphone phone going for $50 off-contract during one of these promotions, sooner or later someone’s going to ask, “why aren’t we just giving these things away?” As it turns out, that day has arrived, and shoppers at Microsoft’s online store hoping to snag a one year Xbox Music subscription are finding themselves walking away with a free smartphone.
Normally, Microsoft sells a twelve month Xbox Music pass for about $100. Currently, it’s also offering an Xbox Music pass bundle for the same price, which includes not just the year of access, but also a free Lumia 520 or 521 – your choice. There’s also the option to save on some new earbuds, to complete your listening experience.
Sure, these phones were already lower-end last year, and 2014 isn’t doing them any favors, but we’re not about to get into a spec-measuring contest here – the important part isn’t necessarily just how capable a phone these freebies are (and we’ve found them to be surprisingly so), but the fact that a smartphone is even being used in a promotion like this in the first place.