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Verizon Wireless And The Utah Jazz Team Up To Provide A HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drive to start Oct. 29 at the EnergySolutions Arena

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October 23, 2008

Bob Kelley
Robert.Kelley@VerizonWireless.com
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Verizon Wireless and the Utah Jazz are teaming up again this year to help curb domestic violence. Starting with the Oct. 29 home game, fans attending the Utah Jazz home games 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 Portal V and the main box office prior to tip-off.

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 partner again with the Utah Jazz to have HopeLine made part of the game day activities," said Melanie Braidich, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage Utah Jazz fans to donate their no longer needed wireless phones and accessories to help us make a difference in 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 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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