News Release

Verizon Wireless And Washington State University Team Up To Provide A HopeLine® For Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Wireless phone collection drive to be held Saturday, October 21st at Martin Stadium

October 19, 2006

Georgia Taylor
425-603-2894Kathy Lane

PULLMAN, WA — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and Washington State University are teaming up for the second year in a row to help curb domestic violence in our community. Fans attending the Washington State University vs. University of Oregon football game on Saturday, October 21 (2:00 pm) 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 the main entrance of Martin Stadium from Noon — 2:00 p.m.

Through the 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 wireless phones with airtime to non-profit human services and law enforcement agencies to aid survivors of domestic violence.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to once again partner with WSU to help curb domestic violence," said Kelley Kurtzman, Pacific Northwest region president for Verizon Wireless. "We challenge football fans to scour their drawers and closets and donate their old wireless phones and accessories to help us provide a HopeLine to survivors of domestic violence."

Verizon Wireless has donated more than $78,000 in HopeLine grants to domestic violence agencies in Washington during the past two years as well as more than 400 HopeLine wireless phones with one year of airtime to domestic violence agencies throughout the state.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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

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 any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit