News Release

Verizon Wireless Teams Up With The Albany, New York, River Rats To Combat Domestic Violence

Fans Urged to Donate Used Wireless Phones at Games on April 9 and April 10

April 6, 2004

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264Laura Cahill
laurac@mragroup.com  
315-233-3000 or 315-569-2256

ALBANY, NY — Verizon Wireless and the Albany River Rats will collect no-longer-used wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence at Friday's River Rats game vs. the Philadelphia Phantoms and Saturday's game against the Syracuse Crunch. Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM Program, these phones will be refurbished, recycled or sold, with proceeds used to purchase wireless phones for victims of domestic violence or to support domestic violence agencies in the Capital District. Wireless phones provided to victims of domestic violence can be used to call for help in an emergency or threatening situation.

Fans are encouraged to bring their no-longer-used wireless phones to the games at the Pepsi Arena and deposit them in HopeLine collection bins.

"By doing something as simple as donating a wireless phone you no longer use, you can truly make a difference for a victim of domestic violence," said John Palmer, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.

Since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than one million wireless phones to benefit domestic violence victims. Phones can be donated either at this weekend's games or at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout Albany.

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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