Nokia Lumia 520 comes to Australia for $179 – locked on Telstra

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Ever wanted to play with Windows Phone 8? Well, Nokia’s Lumia 520 might be the place to start. Nokia Australia has confirmed it will launch the cheap Windows Phone 8 smartphone this month with a price tag under $200. However, there is a catch – it’s network locked.

It will be available on the Telstra network as a prepaid phone (and hence, locked on their network) for $179. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get an unlocked version of the Lumia 520. The unlocked model is available from Allphones, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi for $229. That being said, $179 for a prepaid WP8 phone – even though it is locked – is a pretty attractive offer.

The Lumia 520 features a 4-inch LCD display, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 64GB) and a 5-megapixel rear camera that can record in 720p HD. Other internal specs include a 1GHz dual core processor and 512MB of RAM. It does not support LTE – obviously – but will come included with Cinemagraph, Smartshoot and Panorama apps found on the higher end Lumia 820/920.

It also includes access to its mapping applications such as HERE Drive and HERE City Lens, and access to Nokia Music and Mix Radio.

The Lumia 520 will launch with black and yellow – though, personally, I’m waiting for the blue phone.