Sprint offers a phone and (a bit of) service for under $30

Here's a sign of the times.

Now that seemingly everyone over the age of 2 is carrying a cellphone (269 million cellphones in the U.S. and counting), wireless companies apparently are willing to do just about anything to drum up business.

Sprint, through its Boost subsidiary, is offering a Motorola cellphone and a bit of prepaid service for under $30.

" budget-conscious consumers an affordable wireless solution that can be used anywhere on Sprint's dependable nationwide IDEN network," said Matt Carter, Boost's president.

For $29.99, Boost is offering the Motorola i425e, a candy-bar style phone in white with "espresso" trim. The deal also offers $5 in service. Service costs 10 cents a minute for traditional calls, or $1 a day for unlimited "walkie-talkie" service.

Boost is offering the deal online with free shipping.