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Texans Recycle More Than 35,000 Phones In 2008 Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® Program

Company donates more than 200,000 minutes of service and a $10,000 cash grant to El Paso's Center Against Family Violence

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February 2, 2009

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

EL PASO, TX — Consumers and businesses in Texas donated more than 35,000 old and no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories last year to Verizon Wireless' long-running HopeLine phone recycling and reuse program.

Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider and puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work in communities the company serves by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

Support for El Paso families

Thanks to the phones and accessories collected through HopeLine, last year Verizon Wireless provided more than 70 wireless phones with more than 200,000 minutes of service and a $10,000 cash grant to the Center Against Family Violence in El Paso.

The company also teamed up with the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) Athletics Department for a HopeLine phone collection and with Go Wireless, a premium retailer for Verizon Wireless, for a special Earth Day collection.

An ongoing commitment to curbing abuse

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5.6 million phones and awarded more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has also donated more than 76,000 HopeLine phones with 228 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

The HopeLine program also includes #HOPE, which can be dialed from any Verizon Wireless handset to immediately connect to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The hotline provides professional support and referrals to people involved in domestic violence, as well as those who want to help friends and family. The call to #HOPE is toll- and airtime-free.

How you can help

No-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider are accepted in Verizon Wireless' more than 2,500 Communications Stores nationwide. For more information on Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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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