News Release

You Can Help Call A Timeout On Domestic Violence

Verizon Wireless and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) Athletics Department offer Miners fans two ways to help

September 27, 2006

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

EL PASO, TX — Verizon Wireless and the UTEP Athletics Department invite you to join in during Domestic Violence Awareness month to help be part of the solution.

Fans attending the Miners home game on Saturday, September 30 can donate their used wireless phones and accessories to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Drop boxes will be located at the main entrance by the Verizon Wireless vehicle and on the north concourse at the Sun Bowl from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

At the same game, UTEP Athletics will debut on Miner Vision a domestic violence awareness Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring Miners head women's basketball coach Keitha Adams.

"As a sponsor of UTEP Athletics, we are proud to team up with Coach Adams and the Miners to extend a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence," said Tony Heyman, regional president for Verizon Wireless.

"Together, we can help curb an epidemic that affects one in every three American women during their lifetime."

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program 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 program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime, and financial grants to domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies.

Wireless phones and equipment can be donated to the HopeLine program year-round at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country.

* Editor's Note: Beginning Oct. 2, members of the media are invited to download a broadcast-quality copy of the PSA at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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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