News Release

Verizon Wireless And Washington State Cougars Team Up To Aid Domestic Violence Survivors

New Sponsorship Includes HopeLine Wireless Phone Collection on November 12 at Martin Stadium

November 8, 2005

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894Marty Northcroft
Washington State University, Athletics
mnorthcroft@wsu.edu
509-335-0319

PULLMAN, WA — Washington State University and Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, have entered into a new sponsorship agreement. The two-year agreement includes field signage, interactive TXT2WIN fan contests and a partnership to help prevent domestic violence in the community. Fans attending the Cougar vs. Oregon Ducks 7:15 p.m. football game on November 12 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 outside Gate J and Gate G of Martin Stadium. There will also be a drop box located in Hollingbery Fieldhouse during the pre-game event. Used phones will be collected from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

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.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to partner with the Cougars to help curb domestic violence," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge Cougar fans to scour their drawers and closets and donate their old wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence, an epidemic that affects one in every three American women during their lifetime."

Verizon Wireless has donated more than $70,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Washington during the past two years as well as more than 400 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout the state.

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.  

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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