News Release

Holidays Create Surplus Of Old Cell Phones; Recycle Them At Verizon Wireless Stores

Company Collets No Longer Used Wireless Phones to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

January 9, 2006

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Lynette Viviani
lynette.viviani@vivianipr.com  
973-283-9228

ORANGEBURG, NY — Wondering what to do with your old phone now that you've received a new one as a holiday gift? Drop them off at a Verizon Wireless Communications Store and help provide life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and their families. All phones collected will be recycled or sold through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program and either phones or cash will be donated to non-profit domestic violence agencies. What's more, you'll know you disposed of your phone in an environmentally-friendly way.

"The HopeLine Phone Recycling Program is an easy way for community-minded citizens to support local domestic violence organizations as they help abused women re-build their lives," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "Domestic violence does not discriminate. It's all around us in places most of us would never imagine. Citizens who support the program could very well be helping their own friends or neighbors."

In addition to the successful phone recycling program, HopeLine includes free wireless phones, service and voice mailboxes for victims; community and corporate awareness initiatives; and a bilingual "Invest in Yourself" program designed to help survivors re-enter the workforce.

During the past three years, using funds generated by the HopeLine Phone Recycling Program, Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region awarded nine HopeLine grants totaling $90,000 to domestic violence prevention groups to fund new or expanded programs. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs the company has organized since 1995, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 2.5 million used wireless phones for the benefit of domestic violence victims and advocacy groups. Donations are accepted year-round at all 72 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the New York Metro area. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For additional information, visit the HopeLine Web site at 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 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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