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Californians Recycle Nearly 237,100 Phones In 2008 Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLine® Program

Company donates more than seven million minutes of service and $266,000 in cash grants to domestic violence agencies in the state

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March 12, 2009

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
925-279-6545

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Consumers and businesses in California donated nearly 237,100 old and no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories last year to Verizon Wireless’ long-running HopeLine phone recycling and reuse program.

Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider at our Communications Stores nationwide and puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in our communities by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

Support for Northern California Families
Thanks to the phones and accessories collected through HopeLine, last year Verizon Wireless provided more than 2,330 wireless phones with seven million minutes of service to domestic violence agencies throughout the state to help victims and survivors rebuild their lives.

In addition, Verizon Wireless awarded cash grants totaling $266,000 to the 38 agencies in Northern California, including Humboldt Domestic Violence Services, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) in San Francisco, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in Santa Clara and YWCA Sonoma County.

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 distributed more than 76,000 phones with more than 228 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.

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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