News Release

Verizon Wireless And The University Of Wyoming Cowboys Team Up To Provide A HopeLine For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drive to be held Oct. 27 at War Memorial Stadium

October 23, 2007

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
303-694-8990

LARAMIE, WY — Verizon Wireless and the University of Wyoming Cowboys are teaming up again this year to help curb domestic violence. Fans attending the Cowboys home game on Oct. 27 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 at the Verizon Wireless tent located in Tailgate Park (at the southwest side of the stadium) prior to kickoff.

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 local shelters and non-profit organizations to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to once again partner with the University of Wyoming Cowboys to have HopeLine made part of the game day activities," said Melanie Braidich, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage Cowboys fans to donate their no longer needed wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to victims of domestic violence, an epidemic that affects one in three American women during their lifetime."

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 operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 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.  

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 Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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