Sprint, Best Buy offer 99-cent netbook (with subscription)

Want to buy a netbook for less than a buck? Too bad; you probably can't. However, as InformationWeek reports, Sprint and Best Buy are offering a netbook for a 99-cent down payment plus a two-year subscription, cell phone-style.

According to Best Buy's information page about the offer, the netbook in question is a Compaq Mini 110c-104DX—pretty much a re-badged HP Mini. The system features a 10.1" display, a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB of storage capacity, Wi-Fi, and Windows XP. Oh, and of course, the Sprint deal involves an embedded 3G EVDO modem.

Best Buy also advertises subsidized deals from AT&T and Verizon involving the same machine, but those carriers ask for a $199.99 down payment. Sprint is being a lot more aggressive, although there's a catch: InformationWeek says the subscription comes down to $60 a month. So, expect to cough up a total of $1,440 over the two-year period. Without any paperwork or wireless service, the same netbook will cost you $389.99.

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