Verizon Wireless Makes It Easier for Consumers Switching Wireless Providers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Donate Old Phones, Help Victims of Domestic Violence

MILWAUKEE, WI — Verizon Wireless is making it easier for consumers who change wireless service providers and upgrade their phones in the process to dispose of their old equipment in a way that helps both domestic violence victims and the environment. The company has increased the number of sites where consumers can donate wireless phones and accessories to its HopeLineSM program, placing donation bins at several local authorized dealer locations.

Local number portability (LNP), the ability to switch wireless service providers without changing your phone number, was initially rolled out in the top 100 U.S. markets in November 2003. As of May 24, 2004, consumers, no matter where they live, now can make the switch to a new carrier and keep their phone numbers.

"As wireless consumers change providers and upgrade their equipment, many don't know what to do with their old phones," said Tracy Nolan, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Our HopeLine collection bins provide a simple way for people to recycle their old phones and give back to the community at the same time."

Through its award-winning HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories from any wireless service provider. Most of the phones and equipment are refurbished and sold; then the company uses the proceeds to purchase newer wireless phones for domestic violence survivors and to support domestic violence shelters and organizations. The remaining phones are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than two million handsets-with 900,000 collected last year alone. As many as 163 million consumers in the United States currently own wireless phones and by providing a convenient means to dispose of them, Verizon Wireless hopes not just to keep turning them into lifelines for domestic violence victims, but to keep much of this material out of the nation's landfills.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' domestic violence awareness efforts, or to find the nearest Verizon Wireless Communications Store, consumers may visit the company's website at  

Consumers can donate their old wireless phones and equipment to HopeLine at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store and, now, at the following Authorized Dealers:

Digital Store28 East Towne MallMadison, WI 53704

Digital Store244 W. Gilman St.Madison, WI 53703

Midwest Computers122 Junction Rd.Madison, WI 53717

Wireless ConceptsW173 N9170 St. Francis Dr.Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Wireless phones may also be sent to:

Verizon Wireless HopeLine-Midwestc/o ReCellular Inc.2555 Bishop Circle W.Dexter, MI 48130

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