News Release

Make Spring Cleaning Even More Rewarding This Year By Donating An Old Wireless Phone To Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program

HopeLine Benefits Victims of Domestic Violence

March 19, 2005

Debra Lewis
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-7844

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Now that the calendar says spring has arrived, do you need an incentive to kick-start your annual spring cleaning?

Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, needs no-longer used wireless phones and equipment for its HopeLineSM phone recycling program. So, whether it's a handful of chargers, batteries, or wireless phones you no longer use collecting dust in drawers and closets, customers of any wireless company can rid themselves of some clutter by donating their wireless equipment to help stop domestic violence.

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program collects used wireless phones and accessories, in any condition, to benefit domestic violence survivors across the country. The phones are then recycled or refurbished, with proceeds from the sale of any donated phone (by a third party) going to fund non-profit agencies and to purchase other wireless phones for victims of domestic violence. Verizon Wireless provides these phones to victims complete with airtime minutes and other features such as voicemail that can play an important role in helping as they rebuild their lives.

"Spring is a time of renewed energy, and the HopeLine program allows people to put that energy into helping the community and the environment," said Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. "For consumers who are upgrading to new phones, HopeLine provides an alternative to throwing handsets away, and provides a lifeline for domestic violence victims in need."

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the ongoing domestic violence awareness campaign. HopeLine, which marks its 10th anniversary in 2005, was the nation's first wireless phone collection program run by a service provider. By the end of 2004, Verizon Wireless had collected about 2 million phones through the HopeLine program and donated more than $1 million in HopeLine funds to organizations engaged in raising the awareness of domestic violence and in its prevention.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. Wireless phones and equipment donations can also be sent to:

Verizon Wireless HopeLine
c/o ReCellular Inc
2555 Bishop Circle W.
Dexter, MI 48130

For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless works to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the company's HopeLine program. Marking its 10th anniversary in 2005, HopeLine today collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider then refurbishes and sells or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence, providing financial support and essential communication tools such wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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