News Release

Make Twice the Difference This Earth Day: Donate an Old Wireless Phone to the HopeLine Program from Verizon Wireless

HopeLine Helps Victims Of Domestic Violence And Keeps Phones Out of Our Landfills

April 15, 2003

Andrea Linskey
andrea.linskey@verizonwireless.com
908-306-7845

BEDMINSTER, NJ — This Earth Day, April 22, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, is encouraging consumers to protect the environment and give back to the community at the same time by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment to its HopeLineSM phone recycling program. Since 1995 Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million wireless phones from consumers. This has kept over 200 tons of electronics waste out of landfills, and has benefited hundreds of victims of domestic violence nationwide. With as little effort as it takes to clean out a junk drawer, an old wireless phone can become a lifeline rather than a landfill addition.

Customers of any wireless carrier can easily donate a wireless phone — regardless of condition — at any of the more than 1,200 Communications Stores nationwide, or by mail.

"HopeLine helps make the world a better place: first, by helping victims of domestic violence by providing them with a lifeline, and second, by offering an environmentally friendly alternative to just throwing handsets away," said Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. "We have collected more than one million phones — an amazing and encouraging milestone — yet more than 137 million consumers in the U.S. currently own wireless phones, many of whom tend to upgrade as technology becomes more advanced. If each person takes a few minutes to donate their used wireless phone to HopeLine, we can help domestic violence victims while also being Earth friendly."

Along with individual donations, two of the nation's leading companies have recently joined the fight against domestic violence by encouraging employees to donate to HopeLine. General Electric's Elfun Society — a global organization of GE volunteers committed to improving the community through volunteerism, leadership, and camaraderie —will hold phone drives at office locations throughout the country this Spring. Ernst & Young's environmental initiative EcoCare has already donated several hundred phones through two pilot programs and plans to expand those efforts around the country. Wireless phones and equipment donations are tax deductible and can be donated at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or sent to:

    Verizon Wireless HopeLine
    c/o ReCellular Inc
    2555 Bishop Circle W.
    Dexter, MI 48130

For additional information, visit the Web at 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.

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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