I play in a rural location so I normally bounce from town to town with miles and hours in between play. Since Redacted was retired, speed lock is a constant battle beyond the normal 5 minute wait period. Now it appears to be 30 or 45 minutes before I again play at all. Sadly, it's not just a weird artifact during the retirement period. Instead it is consistently active no matter if I keep Prime open or force close it.
In an urban center, it wouldn't matter too much but would be annoying. In rural areas where you travel 20+ miles to the next set of portals only to be confronted with "Scanner Communication Errors" even in good signal the costs and time escalate.
I doubt seriously that it's just me. Is this the big **** toward rural agents? If not, it would sure be nice if the QA department could start verifying all play aspects rather than whatever minuscule testing they have in place for Ingress changes.