News Release

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

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

April 16, 2003

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
908-789-4719

ORANGEBURG, NY — Wondering what to do with those old wireless phones found during your annual spring cleaning? Drop them off at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store 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 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. 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 one million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups, including 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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