News Release

Verizon Wireless and Arizona State University Team Up to Provide a HopeLine for Victims

Wireless Phone Collection Drive To Be Held Oct. 29 at Sun Devil Stadium

October 26, 2005

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

CHANDLER, AZ — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and the Arizona State University Sun Devils are teaming up to help curb domestic violence. Fans attending the Sun Devils Homecoming football game on Oct. 29 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 at the Verizon Wireless vehicle located at the main entrance 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.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to partner with ASU to have HopeLine made a part of homecoming game day activities at the October 29 game," said Tami Erwin, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we encourage Devils 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 49.3 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.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 any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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