Sorry If I am posting in the wrong forum but I really didn't know where to post this. Since I have an phone now I will post it here. My question is, who get's the latest and greatest phones first or exclusive, AT&T or Verizon? Thanks for any help and thanks for not yelling if I posted in the wrong forum.
AT&T generally gets access first. Look at the Galaxy Note and HTC One X. Verizon has had some wins in the past (Galaxy Nexus), but lately is just getting custom, heavily restricted phones from Motorola. Even with the Nexus, you could buy an unlocked GSM version that worked on AT&T before the Verizon model was released.
In short, the worldwide prevalence of GSM means that AT&T can get phones with less changes necessary, and you can always buy unlocked international versions for use on AT&T. Even if Verizon was to get the Samsung Galaxy S3 first (just a rumor at this point), you could always buy the international or Canadian version and use it on AT&T.
The landscape changes constantly. It's hard to say what the 'best' phones are as that is kind of subjective. Any of the high end Android phones, iPhone or Windows phones (AT&T) are going to be your best bet.
As mentioned, the One X, iPhone 4/4S, Galaxy S II (& Skyrocket), Focus 2, Lumia 900 are pretty much the tops for AT&T. As for Verizon phones, I have very little experience.
My question is, who get's the latest and greatest phones first or exclusive, AT&T or Verizon?
Looks to me as if they have a conspiracy, meeting in a back room and drawing straws. In general. With exceptions, of course. AT$T pursued the iphone, or made a deal. Verizon pursued android. AT$T pursued Windows; Verizon is leery.
I wouldn't let a phone be my first criteria though.
The landscape changes constantly. It's hard to say what the 'best' phones are as that is kind of subjective. [...]
+1. One of the biggest changes lately is the addition of LTE support on new bands of spectrum (not sacrificing any existing spectrum). If you depend on the mobile network rather than WiFi for a lot of Web browsing, this is a big improvement. However, for the past year, many of the top models (like the Galaxy Nexus and the Droid RAZR) had LTE with the Verizon version and lacked LTE with the AT&T version.
On the other hand, impatient AT&T subscribers were able to acquire the (HSPA-only, non-LTE) international version of some models months before either US carrier officially made them available. Without HSPA, Verizon subscribers simply had to wait.
It's hard to imagine a high-end handset coming out now without LTE from either of these two carriers. It's worth looking for any differences in specific models (even ones with the same name) before deciding though.