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I saw the Lumia 520 is coming soon to AT&T Prepaid Plans and heard somewhere that someone used a cheaper prepaid phone as sort of their second phone for music/video/radio; very light stuff that didn't necessarily need a regular plan. Therefore, I thought it would be a great idea to purchase the phone, along with a 64GB Micro SD card, and as an Xbox Music subscriber, make my playlists/music available offline and fill up that device with my music and podcasts. I currently have a Lumia 928 and love it. However, I don't like wasting my battery listening to podcasts/music during my commute to work and would rather save that battery for more important things. I have no intention in purchasing an iPod (1st gen Zune owner) nor do I have any intention in purchasing a prepaid plan. I'd strictly use the phone as a media player and internet device if Wi-Fi is available. Therefore I was wondering:


  1. Does anyone in the forums currently do this? If so, what has your experience been like?
  2. Can I only purchase the phone and not activate it with a prepaid plan and basically be "offline"?

Thanks all for your help. Look forward to your responses.

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"2. Can I only purchase the phone and not activate it with a prepaid plan and basically be "offline"?"



Shouldn't be a problem at all.  There would be no obligation to ATT since it is off contract.

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I gave my son my old Samsung Focus. I thought he was going to use it as his "new" phone as he currently has an old feature phone.


However, he continues to use his old feature phone for texting and the occasional phone call.  But, he uses the focus as his MP3 Player/Mobile wifi Internet Browser and game machine. His main reason for not using it as a phone is that he didn't want to pay the smartphone data charge.


It'll be interesting if he actually uses the calendar and note taking functionality.

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I bought a 520 today from a AT&T store. Paid ~$106 after taxes. They didn't have any problem with me buying it with out a pre-paid sim.


It does use the same Micro-SIM that I have in my AT&T GS-III, so I will likely try the phone features from now and then.

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Paul thurrot talked about doing this last week. My daughter wants a windows phone to replace her iPod. I may have to buy this for her.


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