News by Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014.
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While there are plenty of good high end Windows Phone devices, the platform has enjoyed its growth thanks to budget handsets hitting the right chord in emerging markets. However, the US has remained a problem for the OS, but Microsoft is continuing to send out new Lumia devices and perhaps the wallet friendly Nokia Lumia 530 can hit a home run.The 530 has been confirmed for the US market and will be landing on a number of carriers and retailers in the country. T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be carrying the Lumia 530 from October 15th for $79.20 without a contract. Cricket Wireless will also be selling the handset and is making the device a serious bargain at just $49.99. Best Buy is also getting in on the act and you can pick the Nokia Lumia 520 at their stores for $69. Last but not least, you can of course get the smartphone at one of Microsoft's 109 bricks and mortar retail locations around the United States or on the company?s online store for $69.
The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while it sports a 4-inch LCD display. Nokia handsets always manage to look good, thanks to the funky colors and unobtrusive design, and the 530 is no different with its classic candy bar shell looks. Microsoft is not treating us to much internal storage, with just 4GB available, and even 2GB of that will be taken by the device. However, the company does offer MicroSD expansion, while on the rear there is a 5 megapixel camera. While the device itself will appeal to emerging markets, Microsoft clearly hopes what comes with the handset will seal the deal. The Lumia 530 comes with Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and Skype all built in, while full Office editing is also bundled. On top of that, Microsoft has included 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage, while Nokia's MixRadio music and HERE Maps/Drive are also present and both work offline.source: IntoMobile
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