Here are the speeds I was receiving in Ivyland, Bensalem and center city. We were outside the entire time. I am annoyed my inlaws house has 1X, but spotty 3G and 4G. The tower that serves the house has LTE installed. The 7mbps test was done right as we drove past the tower today. If it is only putting out 7mbps right at the tower, I can understand the severely reduced speeds in some of Bensalem. That tower seems overtaxed already. It's located at the intersection of Route 13, Street Road, and I-95. So its handling traffic on a major local street, a major highway, the town of Croydon, and at least 33% of the houses in Bensalem.
Verizon needs a tower in Hulmeville, PA desperately. That would offload capacity for that tower. It's also an area of town where I baely get service outside...unacceptable in 2012 in a suburb of a major city. There are at least 3 towers close enough by to co-locate since I-276 is right there.
I didn't start receiving speeds over 4mbps until we went over the Walt Whitman into NJ. At my house today, a complete 3G deadzone, I am getting 22mbps on 4G. 4G in NJ almost exactly mirrors 1X coverage...I wish they'd get that straightened out elsewhere.