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Sprint makes Instinct even cheaper

Sprint's Samsung Instinct will now sell for $129 with a two-year service plan.

It's even cheaper. Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

Last week I told you that Sprint was preparing to offer its new Instinct cell phone for $199. But now, I have to admit that I jumped the gun just a bit. Sprint finally confirmed today that when the Instinct goes on sale Friday it will cost just $129 after a $100 mail-in rebate. You will have to sign a two-year contract with a Simply Everything plan, which starts at $69 per month. With such a hefty price drop, it's even clearer that Sprint is taking on the iPhone 3G, which will sell for $199 or $299 depending on the memory size. The new iPhone plans also start at $69 per month.