News Release

Going Once, Going Twice: Bid On Celebrity-Autographed Phones From Verizon Wireless

Proceeds from the Company's First Ever Web Phone Auction to Benefit Domestic Violence Advocacy Groups

October 30, 2005

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

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Have you ever wanted to own a phone that was autographed by your favorite celebrity or professional athlete? Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® program is turning your wish into a reality. Beginning today through November 9, Verizon Wireless is holding the first ever 'HopeLine Online Phone Auction'. Proceeds from the auction will support national domestic violence prevention, education and awareness programs across the country.

Participants in the HopeLine auction can bid to purchase phones signed by their favorite TV personalities, celebrities and professional athletes including:

  • Michael Bolton, Singer
  • Ronnie Lott - Former NFL Player
  • Ross Powers — Snowboarder
  • Andrew Shue, Actor
  • Meredith Vieira - Co-Host, "The View"
  • Trey Wingo - Anchor, "Sports Center" on ESPN

Bidding on the signed phones is as easy as logging on to the Verizon Wireless Web site. Beginning today, participants can go to www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline, click on the 'Phone Auction' banner to be taken to the 'HopeLine Online Phone Auction' site, which will be conducted on eBay. Not only will the winning bidders receive an autographed item from their favorite celebrity, but they will also win one of the hottest new phones available to Verizon Wireless customers, the Samsung SCH-n330 or the Motorola E815.

The Samsung SCH-n330 is the is the first mobile phone in the U.S. with Immersion's VibeTonzTM touch sensations that beat to the rhythm, melody and dynamics of 15 preloaded ringers. Additionally, the n330 features multilingual text display as well as a personal organizer with a calendar, scheduler, alarm clock, calculator and world time. The n330 retails for $69.99 with a two-year customer agreement.

Delivering Verizon Wireless' hot V CAST wireless broadband multimedia service and a host of other cutting-edge features — such as a 1.3 mega pixel camera and embedded Bluetooth® technology for hands-free communication, the Motorola E815 is the perfect phone for that customer who loves to stay on the forefront of new technologies. The Motorola E815 retails for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year customer agreement.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the area of domestic violence prevention. The company works to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness of the issue through the HopeLine program. HopeLine, currently in its 10th year, collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies, providing essential communication tools of wireless phones and wireless services, and financial grants.

For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program or how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

HopeLine donations are accepted and Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless stores across the country and at Circuit City locations nationwide. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

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 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.  

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