News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Wyoming Cowboys Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held October 1 At War Memorial Stadium

September 19, 2005

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
303-694-8990

LARAMIE, WY — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the University of Wyoming Cowboys are teaming up to help curb domestic violence. Fans attending the Cowboys game on Saturday, Oct. 1, 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 on the Verizon Wireless vehicle located at the Pepsi Cowboys tailgate prior to kickoff.

Through the Verizon Wireless 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 survivors of domestic violence. The Albany County Safe Project in Laramie recently received a HopeLine grant.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner with the Cowboys to have HopeLine made a part of game day activities on October 1," said Jeff Mango, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage Cowboys 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 three American women during their lifetime."

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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 Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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