News Release

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

Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held August 5 at Bank One Ballpark

August 1, 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 Arizona Diamondbacks are teaming up for the second consecutive year to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Diamondbacks and Rockies 6:40 p.m. game on Friday, Aug. 5 are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located on the main concourse and at Guest Relations Offices at Bank One Ballpark from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Through the HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and 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. Last year, Diamondbacks fans donated more than 1,000 used wireless phones and accessories to the program.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to once again serve as the presenting sponsor for Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Bank One Ballpark," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge Diamondbacks fans to scour their closets and donate their old wireless phones to help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence, an epidemic that affects one in every three American women during their lifetime."

At the same game, Verizon Wireless, together with the Diamondbacks and the City of Phoenix, will give a second edition trading card featuring Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb to the first 10,000 fans through the gate. The cards, available in both English and Spanish, provide tips on how to stay "Safe at Home" and information on where domestic violence victims can get help.

Verizon Wireless has awarded nearly $100,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Arizona in the past two years, and donated more than 200 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout 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 47.4 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 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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