News Release

Recycle Cell Phones At New Jersey Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

No Longer Used Wireless Phone Donations Will Assist Bergen Family Center

February 17, 2003

Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

David Samberg
david.samberg@verizonwireless.com
845-365-7212

HACKENSACK, NJ — Wondering what to do with those no longer used wireless phones cluttering closets and desk drawers at home or in the office? Drop them off at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Bergen County during March and help fight domestic violence through the company's HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program. All phones collected will be recycled or sold and a donation will be made to the Bergen Family Center. All wireless phone models from any carrier will be accepted.

Wireless phones may be dropped off at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores located in Paramus at 469 Route 17 South, 341 Route 4 West, the Garden State Plaza and the Paramus Park Mall. Drives will begin today and run through March 31, 2003.

"Many of us have old cell phones or know of people who have obsolete phones they no longer use," said Mitchell Schonfeld, president of the center. "Verizon Wireless' donation will help support our multi-cultural clinical services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as support groups for abuse survivors. We applaud Verizon Wireless and hope our community responds to this great program."

For every old wireless phone collected during the month of March, Verizon Wireless will donate $5 to the Bergen Family Center with a total contribution not to exceed $2,500.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they help abused women re-build their lives," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own friends or neighbors."

Domestic violence prevention and education is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. Through its HopeLine Recycling Program, the company collects used wireless phones to be recycled or sold. Proceeds are donated to domestic violence advocacy groups or used to purchase phones for victims. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 940,000 used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims, including nearly 60,000 wireless handsets in the New York Metro area. Donations are accepted at all 66 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 32.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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