News Release

Verizon Wireless and The Phoenix Coyotes Team Up To Provide A HopeLine for Victims of Domestic Violence

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held March 24 at Glendale Arena

March 21, 2004

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321

PHOENIX, AR — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and the Phoenix Coyotes are teaming up to invite fans to help curb domestic violence in our community. Representatives from Verizon Wireless will be at Gate 4 inside the Glendale Arena from 6-8 p.m. on March 24 to accept used wireless phones and accessories from Phoenix Coyotes fans to benefit domestic violence victims through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any carrier are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Proceeds are used to award grants to local, state and national non-profit and public safety agencies engaged in domestic violence prevention and to donate phones with airtime to agencies for use by victims of abuse.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to join together with the Phoenix Coyotes to make a difference off the ice," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "By aiding domestic violence prevention and advocacy agencies, HopeLine donations help the entire community."

Verizon Wireless awarded more than $32,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Arizona alone in 2003, as well as donating 100 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout the state.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

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 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD) (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/verizonwireless.  

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