News Release

Verizon Wireless And The University of Hawaii Athletics Team Up To Provide A HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drive to be held Sunday, October 29th at Stan Sheriff Center

October 19, 2006

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894Kara Romersa
University of Hawaii
romersa@hawaii.edu
808-956-9201

HONOLULU, HI — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and University of Hawaii Athletics are teaming up for the first time to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Hawaii vs. San Jose State women's volleyball game on Sunday, October 29 (5:00 pm) are invited to donate used wireless phones and accessories to benefit survivors of domestic violence through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. HopeLine drop boxes will be located at the main entrance of Stan Sheriff Center from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to partner with UH Athletics to help curb domestic violence," said Mark Yamauchi, director of Hawaii sales for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge volleyball fans to scour their drawers and closets and donate their old wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to survivors of domestic violence."

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

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, N.J., 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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