News Release

Sovereign Donates Cell Phones to Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program in New Jersey

January 28, 2004

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd
pam@thomasboyd.com
856-642-6226 x11

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Elizabeth Weaver of Sovereign Trust and Wealth Management Division recently donated 127 wireless phones to Verizon Wireless' Ocean County Mall Communications Store to benefit Verizon Wireless' national HopeLine program. Through HopeLineSM, previously owned wireless phones are collected and refurbished, recycled and/or sold to benefit victims of domestic violence. Weaver, of Beachwood, organized the drive and collected phones from her colleagues at Sovereign and her friends and family members.

As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs Verizon Wireless has organized since 1995, the company has collected more than 1 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. For more information, visit verizonwireless.com/hopeline. Phone donations (from any carrier) are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

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 36 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.

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