IRVINE, CA — In response to the earthquake in El Salvador, Verizon Wireless has donated 150 phones that will provide emergency communications for disaster relief workers, and offer free calls for local victims and their families. Telemovil, a local wireless carrier working with Verizon Wireless, is providing free airtime and distributing the phones this week.
One hundred wireless phones are being distributed to disaster recovery organizations, providing communication that will enable relief workers to order and distribute relief supplies, bring in food for victims, organize search parties, order clean up equipment and secure necessities. Fifty additional phones are being distributed to area shelters, enabling victims and their families to make free local and long distance calls to loved ones.
"The disaster relief in El Salvador requires a tremendous amount of coordination and communication," said Nick Montes, Hispanic Marketing Manager, Verizon Wireless. "Fortunately, our wireless phones are compatible with Telemovil's wireless system in El Salvador. This means we can provide equipment that will immediately meet the communications needs of victims, families and the people who are putting their lives on the line during this crisis."
"Wireless technology is playing a key role in the earthquake recovery effort in El Salvador," said Rafael Tajada, Telemovil. "Whether it's coordinating rescue efforts, or providing basic communications for Salvadorans wishing to call loved ones in the United States and elsewhere, Verizon Wireless' phones, combined with our service, will be able to assist countless people in need."
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Telemóvil - El Salvador
Telemóvil is a Millicom International Cellular company. Millicom International Cellular S.A. is a global telecommunications investor with cellular operations in Asia, Latin America, Russia and Africa. It currently has cellular interests in 32 operations in 19 countries. The Group's cellular operations have a combined population under license (excluding NetCom) of approximately 475 million people. In addition, MIC operates the world's largest GSM clearing house, provides broadband services in four countries, and also has a 13.7% interest in NetCom AB, a leading alternative pan-European telecommunications company offering fixed and mobile telephony, data network and internet services to over ten million people in 20 countries. The Company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol MICC.
B-roll featuring Spanish and English language interviews with Nick Montes, Hispanic Marketing Manager, Verizon Wireless, as well as footage of employees preparing the wireless phones for shipment to El Salvador is available upon request.