News Release

Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Awareness Month Online Information Center Launched; HopeLine Phone Recycling B-Roll Available

September 27, 2007

Debra Lewis
Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7512

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — WHO:
Verizon Wireless, a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue.

WHAT:
New resources for news media, including an online Domestic Violence Awareness Month Information Center and new B-roll, featuring information about the company's HopeLine® phone recycling program.

The new B-roll features:

  • Customers dropping phones in the HopeLine collection box
  • Verizon Wireless employees collecting phone donations
  • Domestic violence agency workers
  • Commentary from Esta Soler, president, Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • A narrated package about Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program
The new online Domestic Violence Awareness Month Information Center includes:
  • Comprehensive HopeLine overview
  • Information about the company's #HOPE service
  • New Domestic Violence Awareness Month news releases

WHERE:

WHEN:
Available immediately

BACKGROUND:
Verizon Wireless' commitment to preventing domestic violence began in 1995 when the company — then Bell Atlantic Mobile — introduced its HopeLine program. Over the past decade, HopeLine has grown significantly and is now a multi-faceted program that includes a successful phone recycling and reuse effort, financial support for local and national domestic violence organizations, community and corporate awareness programs, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies, professional sports teams, educational institutions, and corporations nationwide.

HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company 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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