Microsoft offering free Lumia 520/521 with year of Xbox Music

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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.

Source: Microsoft
Via: WPCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!