News Release

Verizon Wireless And The Phoenix Suns Team Up To Provide A Hopeline For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Used Wireless Phone Collection Drive February 16 at the US Airways Center

February 13, 2006

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 Phoenix Suns are teaming up for the fourth time to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Suns game on Thursday, February 16, 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 multiple entrances to the US Airways Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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. Suns fans have donated more than 450 used wireless phones and accessories to the program through collections in past seasons.

As part of its HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial grants to local, regional and national domestic violence organizations. Last year, the company awarded $55,000 in HopeLine grants to Arizona domestic violence agencies, and donated 175 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of prepaid airtime to domestic violence agencies across the state to aid survivors.

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 51.3 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.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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