News Release

Spring Cleaning? Don't Throw Away Your Old Cell Phones; Recycle Them at Delaware Valley Area Verizon Wireless Stores

Company Collects No Longer Used Wireless Phones To Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

March 25, 2003

Stacey Himes
215-790-4331

Sheldon Jones
215-638-5668

TREVOSE, PA — Wondering what to do with those old wireless phones found during your annual spring cleaning? Drop them off at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store in the Delaware Valley and help fight domestic violence through the company's HopeLineSM Phone Recycling Program. All phones collected will be refurbished, recycled or sold, and either phones or cash, will be donated to non-profit domestic violence agencies. What's more, you'll know you disposed of your phone in an environmentally safe way.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support domestic violence organizations," said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. So search your closets, drawers, garages, dashboards and anywhere else you might have stashed that old cell phone and donate it to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program, where it can be put to good use as a tool to combat this horrendous crime."

Domestic violence prevention and education is Verizon Wireless' chief community focus. Through its signature program, HopeLine, the company provides free voicemail boxes to victims residing in shelters and emergency phones to law enforcement agencies to distribute to women at risk.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 850,000 used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Last year, Philadelphians donated more than 5,000 wireless phones during in May as part of the "Spring into Action Against Domestic Violence" phone recycling campaign, launched by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in conjunction with Verizon Wireless. Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Delaware Valley. 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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