Amazon has a special offer for those new Sprint customers who desire this model. Sign up for two years and you can buy the Samsung GALAXY Note II for $99.99. And if you are a current customer of the nation's third largest carrier with an update burning a hole in your pocket (again, not literally) then you can buy the device for $169.99. Yes, a two year contract is required here, too.
Considering that Sprint is asking $299.99 for the Samsung GALAXY Note II on contract, this sounds like one of those deals that needs to be acted upon. Amazon is tossing in free two day shipping and the unit usually ships within 24 hours.
source: Amazon via SprintUsersForum