Quick question i know some of you may have a different experience than i would but based on your experience does staying on Verizon for the iPhone have better reception than AT&T? I asked several people at school and work and most say they never have a problem. But my brother who works as a marshall down here in CT, he said people with Verizon get service but he doesn't because he works in a building, but everywhere else is ok. What do you guys know honestly?
Reception quality is something that only you can determine (IMO) as it varies so greatly between areas. When I am using my iPhone, I have great reception in my urban on Verizon. My cousin has an AT&T iPhone and also gets fair/good reception when visiting me.
However, when I visit him (200 miles away in a rural area) my reception is reduced but AT&T apparently has a larger presence because he gets great reception.
That is why I am on Verizon and he is on AT&T. We both have what works best for each of us.
You need to decide for yourself which carrier works best FOR YOU because the help from a forum like this will be (pun intended) all over the map.
I second Spiral's post. You have started off well in that you asked people at work and at school about the quality of their reception. I assume that these are places that you are a lot of your time. Now, just find more people to ask where you live and you have the best information with which to make a decision. Finally, use your first 14 or 30 (VZW vs. AT&T) days to see if whichever phone you choose works for you.