The Lumia 530 is Microsoft's newest super-cheap smartphone offering, and it will be coming to T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless this month. Both carriers have already announced their versions of the device, together with information on pricing and availability.
Starting tomorrow, Cricket Wireless will be offering the Lumia 530 online as well as in the carrier's retail locations. Buyers can get the device for only $49.99. To differentiate from T-Mobile, Cricket is selling a version that comes in ultra-bright cyan color, which is akin to what the iPhone 5C and older Nokia Lumia phones sported before.
As for T-Mobile, the Lumia 530 will hit the carrier's online and retail stores on October 15th, which is just about a couple of weeks away. T-Mobile will be pushing the basic white version, which will come at a price of $79.20.
Those who prefer to get the device from Microsoft's own retail outlets, they can purchase the Lumia 530 for $69.99 as soon as it hits Microsoft's stores on October 5th.
As expected from an ultra-cheap device, the Lumia 530 offers very modest features. Selfie addicts may find the single camera underwhelming, considering that it is only capable of capturing images at 5 megapixels. Alas, there is no flash nor camera button either.
But the device does have a quad-core processor that at least will not take you ten years back in terms of cell phone processing capability. Users may find it surprising (in a good way) how fast the phone's processor can load apps and games. The relative lack of lags when web browsing is also a plus.
A lot of credit, of course, goes to Windows Phone 8.1, the operating systems used in the device. Aside from facilitating an easy user and app experience, the phone's OS is also loaded with features that may actually be useful for Lumia 530's users. A prime example is Cortana, which serves as a digital personal assistant that would give Google Now and iPhone's Siri a run for their money. And because Windows Phone 8.1 integrates effortlessly with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS, you can sync most Internet browsing functions. The same goes for your Start Screen customizations and apps shopping activities. Lastly, Windows Phone 8.1 also has Action Center, which combines the Notification Area and Control Center functionality of Apple's iOS 8, the mobile operating system used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
And of course, nothing beats Lumia 530's pricing. The prices disclosed today do not include two-year service agreements or any monthly payments. This means that buyers can purchase the phone without having to worry about two-year commitments -- they can just switch to a new device whenever they feel like it. This is one of the reasons the Lumia 530 works well for children and teenagers, who undoubtedly will outgrow the device anyway in a few years time.
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