News Release

Verizon Wireless Helps Georgia Consumers Put Old Wireless Phones To Good Use

Exclusive HopeLine® Program Benefits Domestic Violence Victims

July 15, 2001

Alison Guerard
alison.guerard@verizonwireless.com
404-845-8159

Kim Krug
kkrug@c21pr.com
404-814-1330

ATLANTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, a leader in the corporate fight against domestic violence, is launching a new phone donation program in Georgia today that will provide women in abusive situations with much needed access to communication tools as part of its new HopeLine® initiative.

Starting today, consumers in metro Atlanta, Rome and Athens can visit any Verizon Wireless Communications Store Mailboxes Etc., or UPS location and use the to donate their old, unused wireless phone to HopeLine.

Phones donated by Georgia residents will put wireless service to work to combat domestic violence, enabling victims to quickly and privately get the necessary help from emergency services when in a life-threatening situation. Currently, one in every three American women has reported being physically or sexually abused.

Since 1995, Verizon Wireless' community service program has been dedicated to using wireless technology to help individuals and communities, and the company's primary philanthropic focus is on domestic violence awareness and prevention. As part of this community service initiative, Verizon Wireless has been actively involved in the collection of phone donations to aid domestic violence victims, most recently with its exclusive HopeLine® program.

"With the tremendous technological changes taking place in telecommunications every year - even from month to month - customers are upgrading their phones to get the latest features," said Jim McGean, president of Verizon Wireless-Georgia Region. "This cycle leaves many unused, but working, phones and accessories forgotten in a drawer or closet. Our HopeLine program offers a convenient way to make sure those phones go directly to those who need them most while demonstrating our commitment to putting more resources and new ideas behind domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives."

Phones will be collected beginning today through September 15. Donations can be made by visiting any of the 36 Metro Atlanta, Rome and Athens Verizon Wireless stores or kiosks. Donors will be given an envelope in which they can ship the used phone free of charge from any Verizon Wireless store, UPS or Mailboxes, Etc. location. For more information customers can also call 1-800-426-2790 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST Monday through Saturday, and between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST on Sunday or visit the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/jsp/aboutus/wireless_issues/phone_recycling.jsp.

HopeLine will refurbish, recycle or sell the phones. Any proceeds from donated phones that are sold will be used to purchase new phones for victims of domestic violence locally. Phones that are not able to be re-used will be disposed of through an EPA-certified salvage company.

Wireless phones and equipment donations are tax deductible and can also be sent directly to:

HopeLine Program
c/o Verizon Wireless
1776 East Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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