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T-Mobile Readies Second Windows 8.1 Smartphone

Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile will offer its second Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone later this year with the launch of the entry-level Nokia Lumia 530.

It will join the low-price Nokia Lumia 635 smartphone, which became the first U.S.-market Lumia phone available out of the box with Windows 8.1 OS and the OS’s Cortana personal assistant. T-Mobile began offering it July 5, and AT&T plans to follow on July 25.

The 530 will replace the Lumia 521, launched in 2013 and said to be one of the carrier’s best-selling Windows Phones ever. When the 4-inch 521 was launched in 2013, it lacked LTE, featured 3G HSPA+21, and was priced at $30 down with 24 monthly payments of $5, for a total of $150.

 The 530 he Lumia 530, despite an entry-level price point, will offer a “robust set of features including the new personal assistant Cortana — powered by Bing — and seamless out-of-box integration with Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Skype and Office,” the carrier said.

The new phone will also feature 3G and 4-inch display but will add quad-core processor. It will also feature changeable color shells.

The LTE-equipped Lumia 635 was launched this month by T-Mobile at $0 down plus a monthly payment of $7 for 24 months with a postpaid Simple Choice plan, or a total of $168. Features include 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU, 4.5-inch 854 by 480 display with 221 ppi, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel main camera, 8GB capacity, 128GB MicroSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and HSPA+42Mbps and LTE cellular technologies.