News Release

Verizon Wireless In Connecticut Encourages Recycling Old Phones For Earth Day

Recycling Your Phone Is Environmentally Friendly; Phone Donations Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

April 15, 2003

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314Marcia Simon
860-399-0191

WALLINGFORD, CT — Give back to the Earth and your community by donating your no-longer-used wireless phone to the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM eco-friendly recycling program. With as little effort as it takes to clean out a junk drawer, an old wireless phone can become a lifeline to a victim of domestic violence rather than a landfill addition.

HopeLine, a Verizon Wireless charitable initiative, focuses on putting wireless products and services into the hands of domestic violence victims, providing them with a communication link to police in emergency situations. Every Verizon Wireless Communications Store accepts donations of wireless phones that are no longer being used, even if the phones are old, broken, or from another carrier. Phones are either refurbished or sold for parts.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups.

"Wireless phones and batteries should be always be recycled, just like household batteries and other electronic equipment," said Bob Stott, president, Verizon Wireless, New England Region. "Many people discard their old wireless phones for newer models that offer features like E-mail, text messaging and customized ring tones. In fact, the average cell phone user upgrades to a new phone every two years. By donating an old wireless phone to HopeLine, people are doing their part to be environmentally responsible AND contributing to an important cause," added Stott.

What You Can Do

Bring your old, unused, de-activated wireless phone to any Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Connecticut, regardless of the phone's condition, brand, or carrier. Phones are accepted with or without batteries and chargers. Simply drop the phone into the store's HopeLine kiosk or hand it to any customer service representative.

Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in Connecticut:

Avon/Simsbury - 530 Bushy Hill Road (Route 44)
Brookfield - 15 Federal Road
Enfield - 136 Elm Street
Fairfield - 1201 Kings Highway East
Farmington - West Farms Mall
Manchester - 82D Buckland Street (Burr Corners)
Meriden - 470 Lewis Ave. (Westfield Shopping Town)
Milford - 1201 Boston Post Rd (Westfld Shop Twn)
Newington - 3219 Berlin Turnpike
North Haven - 91 Washington Avenue
Norwalk - 48 Westport Avenue
Old Saybrook - 105 Elm Street (O.S. Shopping Center)
Orange - 116 Boston Post Road
Stamford - 972 High Ridge Road
Stamford - Stamford Town Center
Trumbull - 5065 Main Street (Mall)
Waterbury - 495 Union Street (Brass Mills Center)
Waterford - 850 Hartford Turnpike (Crystal Mall)
West Hartford - 1479 New Britain Ave. (Corbins Corner)

For more information about HopeLine, customers can call 1-800-426-2790 or visit the Web at http://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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