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    I bought a 520 few weeks ago to use as a pocket pc and it updated right away in the US. Nice little unit for cheap. Have had no problems with it on wifi and it syncs well with outlook calendar and one note via wifi :-)

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  2. #12


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    My wife and I have the Icon and love them. Took an Alaskan cruise and took photo's and videos with them and they came out great. I have Verizon for my service but 99% of time they are running on my Wi-Fi for data. This is my first "smart" phone and I am impressed with the Icon. No 8.1 yet and another update after that has been released to development. The cell carries are slow on releasing the updates because they have to support their customers.

    Jim
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    So if you buy a phone, you can get internet on your home network and wi fi and others houses who will let you use their key. Don't you have to have some carrier to make calls and text? Or are you saying you use the smart phone in your network and wifi but have another less costly phone for texts and calls therefore no carrier. Don't you have to activate the smart phone?
    I appreciate this information and look forward to more..

    Hi there. You can use any W8/8.1 or other OS smart phone without a SIM card to use as a mini tablet. You can pick up WiFi for internet connection, use navigation, use IE, and even make calls via a web service such as Skype. You will need to stay with WiFi connection to make calls. Not sure, but it may need to have internet connection for navigation to get the route directions, but after that it uses the GPS while traveling.

    Not intended to mock you in any way, but we/most Americans are ignorant to this kind of stuff, for we're somewhat brainwashed into thinking we need a carrier to use a smart phone without one. A dumb phone for carrier data connection for calls and texts, yes, but not a smart phone.
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  4. #14


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

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    The more information the better. I am in the states and 8.1 is available only to previewers and developers.
    I will go to the store when 8.1 is available to the public as preinstalled not an update.
    I am still trying to figure the best $ way to do this. I know the new phones pick up Wi-Fi much better. There are a lot of considerations like contract vs. non, amount of data, buying the phone outright and just using Wi-Fi but I do not know if the phone has to be activated and how. is a carrier necessary?
    I have a pay as you go phone for calls and texts but no data unless home or at a hot spot..
    It is easy to just go to a carrier and take out a plan for like 2 GB but by the time they add up taxes, fees, insurance, activation, you are in the $100. plus range for only 2 GB data.

    Confused.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    The more information the better. I am in the states and 8.1 is available only to previewers and developers.
    I will go to the store when 8.1 is available to the public as preinstalled not an update.
    As far as I can see, all Windows phones now sold will have 8.1 preinstalled.

    I am still trying to figure the best $ way to do this. I know the new phones pick up Wi-Fi much better. There are a lot of considerations like contract vs. non, amount of data, buying the phone outright and just using Wi-Fi but I do not know if the phone has to be activated and how is a carrier necessary?
    We’ve been over the “buying outright” vs “contract” in the other thread and you understand the savings purchasing outright, correct?

    Phones are not activated per say. Not like a Windows PC OS nor the OS on the phone. There may be a carrier’s activation fee involved where they enter the SIM card information into their system so to use the phone on their network. I had no activation fee with my AT&T prepay plan. Don’t remember if the SIM card cost me anything. If it did, it was like $20.

    Now I just saw that since we can legally unlock our devices here in the U.S., which sparks competition for lower prices, AT&T and perhaps others are giving away free SIM cards with no activation fee, but requires a new 2-yr wireless agreement with data (min $14.99/mo.) or Mobile Share (min $30/mo.) plan. See the fine print at the bottom of this page:

    BYOP - Bring Your Own Phone or Tablet to AT&T and Save

    I have a pay as you go phone for calls and texts but no data unless home or at a hot spot. It is easy to just go to a carrier and take out a plan for like 2 GB but by the time they add up taxes, fees, insurance, activation, you are in the $100. plus range for only 2 GB data.
    2 GBs of data is a lot of data. On average, I only use roughly 300 to 400 MBs on average per month, but I live around a big city where there’s hotspots just about everywhere at most restaurants, stores, and bars. The phone will usually switch to the hotspot, but it’s a good habit to check the icons just in case. I don’t stream movies, videos, and avoid sites with a lot of pictures while on data. I’ll wait to get on a WiFi hotspot.

    I bought my AT&T-branded Nokia Lumia 1520 outright during a pre-Christmas MS online Store special, went to the local AT&T brick & mortar store here in town (one can set up an appointment on their online site, which is nice), told them I wanted the $40/mo prepay plan ($43.60 w/ tax), obtained the SIM card, they installed it into the phone, activated it, and I was on my way in 20 minutes as a happy camper. The AT&T $40 prepay plan gets me 500 minutes of call time, unlimited text in various countries, and 500 MBs of data. More than adequate for me. The $25 plan would not be enough.

    You may want to try other carrier's sites, but here’s AT&T’s:

    GoPhone plans

    You can press any of the carrier’s for a no contract phone here:

    Windows Phone For AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, & Verizon - Microsoft Store

    There are numerous other carriers you can find with a Bing search.
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  6. #16


    MD
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    I have been to ATT and Verizon but each time I look at "about" the phone says 8. I would like 8.1 preinstalled
    I am learning and trying to ingest all of this.
    The fact that these new phones pick up WI FI so well is a real plus.
    I live near DC in MD so there are many hotspots where I can save data.
    Does 1GB data(I surf a lot), getting insurance, and unclosing taxes come out under $100 month?
    I know I should not splurge but I have my eyes on the Icon for the storage, the pixels, Cortana and other features.
    I think I would pay ATT $199 for the phone with a 2 year contract which I believe is broken.

    To be honest I have to read this thread over a lot as it is very confusing.
    We all want the most for the least amount of $ but I am trying to be realistic. There appear to be a lot of new wrinkles coming out every week and T- Mobile is causing some waves. Sprint seems to be making a come back also.

    In another week I think I too will make an appointment and sit down with both a Verizon tech and an ATT tech to see who sounds better to me. By then maybe I can put a preinstalled 8.1 Icon in my hand.

    Thank you all for the learning experience; I am elderly and ill but am quite savvy with the pc. This smart phone is a good challenge for me but I am going to be sure to do my homework.
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