Sprint says that it will recycle all of the equipment that it can't use once it turns the power off on the iDEN network. That amounts to more than 100 million pounds of equipment that Sprint will be saving from the landfills by recycling things like batteries, radios, cables, executives and concrete shelters. The latter will be used to make a composite for roads and bridges. Locations with CDMA and LTE equipment will be left untouched except for iDEN equipment.
On June 30th, Sprint will start shutting down switch locations in rapid succession followed by the powering down of equipment and the elimination of back haul at each cell site. Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president-Network is telling all current iDEN subscribers to migrate to Direct Connect now before they lose service. The new service offers 3G broadband capabilities and International Direct Connect offers service all the way to Latin America.