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Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program + New Phones = Increased Domestic Violence Awareness

First Phone to Offer Pre-Programmed Connection to National Domestic Violence Hotline Now Available Online

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October 6, 2009

Terri Stanton
Terri.Stanton@verizonwireless.com
908-559-7513

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless customers who purchase the brand-new Nokia 2705 Shade™ online can look good and help increase domestic violence awareness at the same time. Customers who buy the Nokia Shade with a camera at www.verizonwireless.com will receive a free picture frame phone lanyard and a Purple Xpress-on™ faceplate while supplies last.

Further supporting victims of domestic violence, the Nokia Shade is the first phone to have #HOPE pre-programmed in the contact list. Customers who dial #HOPE (#4673) from the Nokia Shade or from any Verizon Wireless phone are automatically connected to the National Domestic Violence Hotline where they can get information or help regarding domestic violence situations or questions. The hotline is a confidential source for information or referrals to local resources for assistance and can also be reached by dialing 800-799-SAFE.

"Over the past year, the Hotline received more than 1,000 calls through #HOPE, so it's clear that many victims are relying on wireless technology and #HOPE from Verizon Wireless as a vital safety link for them and their families," said Sheryl Cates, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. "We are happy to see Verizon Wireless and Nokia take the next step and pre-program #HOPE into the Nokia Shade device. This quick and easy access to the Hotline and our advocates will make it even easier for victims to find the resources they need for safety and independence."

Pricing and Availability
The Nokia Shade is available online at www.verizonwireless.com for $29.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. For additional details about phone features, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2009/09/pr2009-09-29f.html.

The Nokia Shade is the second phone from Nokia in Verizon Wireless' device lineup to offer customers a way to show their support for domestic violence victims. Now through Oct. 29, customers who purchase the Nokia 7705 Twist™ online will receive a free picture frame phone lanyard while supplies last that they can use to raise awareness of HopeLine and the issue of domestic violence. Learn more about the Nokia Twist at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2009/09/pr2009-09-09m.html.

HopeLine® from Verizon Wireless
Customers purchasing a new phone can donate old phones year-round to HopeLine. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to non-profit advocacy organizations that promote domestic violence prevention. No-longer-used phones can be dropped off at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or mailed using a postage-paid label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel.

To find a store near you or for additional information about HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. To learn more about HopeLine activities throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit www.verizonwireless.com/HopelineDVAM.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 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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