Before I had the Droid, I never had a phone with a data plan. I held out until now only because I didn't want to switch to AT&T for the iphone (which I like a lot) and I didn't really care for the previous smartphones on Verizon. While I can afford the extra $30 a month I did cringe a bit about it before I signed up. Now that I have had it for a week, I can see that the dollar a day (less than a candy bar, way less than a cup of coffee etc. etc.) is a bargin (at least in the realm of cell phone fees). Actually mine is 20% less than that due to a corporate discount (I pay, I just get a discount). For all the things that this and other smartphones do I don't see why folks would complain about $1 a day, unless you are in dire straits in which case you have some sort of minimal plan for emergency use only. In any event, if the 15 y.o. kid really wants the phone, he can likely find a way to earn the moo laa. If not, it's no big deal just to have a normal cell phone. The Touch would be a great idea if you could live with wifi only. In most cities is pretty common. Good luck.