News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Phoenix Suns Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims Of Domestic Violence In Arizona

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held April 15 at the America West Arena

April 11, 2005

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

PHOENIX, AZ — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Phoenix Suns are teaming up for the third time to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Suns game on Friday, April 15, 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 on the Plaza and the Paseo at the America West Arena from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid victims of domestic violence. Suns fans have donated more than 300 used wireless phones and accessories to the program through collections in past seasons.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner once again with the Suns to make a difference off the court," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "By aiding domestic violence prevention and advocacy agencies, HopeLine donations help the entire community."

As part of its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. Last year, the company awarded $36,000 in HopeLine grants to Arizona domestic violence agencies, and donated 75 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies across 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 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 receive 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 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 any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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