News Release

Hoosiers Can Help Domestic Violence Survivors and Preserve The Environment in Indiana

Verizon Wireless Stores Collect No-Longer-Used Phones This Earth Day

April 4, 2004

Michelle Gilbert
Michelle.Gilbert@VerizonWireless.com
248-915-3680Kyle Niederpruem
For Verizon Wireless
kyle@hirons.com
317-977-2206, ext. 225

KOKOMO, IN — Verizon Wireless is encouraging Hoosiers to help domestic violence survivors and commemorate Earth Day at the same time by donating their no-longer-used wireless phones at the company's local Communications Stores this April. In Kokomo, residents can donate handsets at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 3750 S. Reed Rd.

"An old wireless phone can become a lifeline, rather than trash headed for a landfill, if Hoosiers make donations to Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM recycling program," said Greg Haller, president of Verizon Wireless' Indiana Region.

Through its award-winning HopeLine program, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider. Most of the phones and equipment are refurbished and sold; then Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to purchase newer wireless phones for domestic violence survivors and to support domestic violence shelters and organizations. The remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

"Our program has provided many domestic violence survivors with a lifeline that has helped them go about their day-to-day lives with less fear," said Haller. "The program also offers an alternative to just throwing handsets away. Earth Day is a nice reminder to all of us to pull those unused wireless phones off the dusty shelves and out of the junk drawers so they can be put to good use."

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 but Verizon Wireless Communications Stores accept donations year-round. Recycling a phone is also tax deductible through HopeLine.

Since January 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 1.2 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups across the country. For more information, 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 37.5 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.

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