I think that things are a lot easier in Europe if you want to go prepaid. In the States, the two major carriers have a lock on coverage and you pay through the nose if you want good, nationwide coverage. WiFi is good enough for a lot of people but a lot of people want data and the carriers know this and charge accordingly. The latest plans from AT&T and Verizon give you unlimited texts and minutes - I don't want a plan like that because I do very little texting or voice - so I want a plan that's mostly data (and I only use a few hundred MB/month) and little voice. The majors don't have plans like that anymore. My current plan with AT&T is the best that I can do - 450 minutes/month. I need about 10 minutes/month. My wife is going from a flip phone to the Nexus 5. This will be a huge move up for her. Son loves his Nexus 4 (he moved from a flip phone too with a VGA shooter). Daughter moved from a flip phone to the Galaxy Nexus and loves it. You may not have the best features in a phone but how you feel may depend on where you came from and whether or not the phone does what you need it to.