News Release

Verizon Wireless and The University of Wyoming Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims of Domestic Violence

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held October 9 at War Memorial Stadium

October 6, 2004

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

LARAMIE, WY — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and the University of Wyoming are teaming to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Cowboys game on Saturday, October 9, are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLineSM program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located outside the gates at War Memorial Stadium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any carrier are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner with the University of Wyoming to raise awareness about domestic violence and make a difference in our community," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "Cowboys fans can turn their old wireless phones and accessories into a HopeLine for victims of domestic violence, to assist them in re-building their lives."

The airtime Verizon Wireless includes with each HopeLine phone allows users to stay in touch with family and friends; make appointments with doctors, prospective employers, and social service providers; and place numerous other calls, in addition to dialing 9-1-1 if necessary.

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 40.4 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.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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