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Help Bring Domestic Violence To Light On Black Friday: Donate Old Wireless Phones To The Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program

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November 22, 2009

Terri Stanton
Terri.Stanton@VerizonWireless.com
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — This year, when you head out to do your holiday shopping on Black Friday, don’t just bring your current cell phone with you, bring your old one and donate it to HopeLine®, Verizon Wireless’ cell phone recycling and re-use program. The old phone you donate may help a survivor of domestic violence as she rebuilds her life, as well as help support non-profit advocacy groups that bring the issue of domestic violence to light.

HopeLine drop boxes are located in the more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores from coast to coast. So, whether you’re upgrading your phone, buying loved ones the hottest phones of the season such as the LG Chocolate™ Touch or the DROID by Motorola, searching for cool accessories, or purchasing gift cards, your visit to a Verizon Wireless store can also benefit someone less fortunate. To find a store near you, use the Verizon Wireless Store locator available at www.verizonwireless.com/storelocator.

Exclusive to Verizon Wireless, HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. The phones are either refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds generated from the sale of refurbished phones are used to provide wireless phones with free airtime to survivors and to contribute to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 6.5 million phones; awarded more than $7 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations nationwide; and donated more than 80,000 HopeLine phones with 240 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

Consumers planning to shop online on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any day throughout the holiday season can also donate their phones to HopeLine using the postage-paid mailing label available at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel.

For more information about HopeLine or to find tips about adding HopeLine phone collections to your holiday plans, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ 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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