Verizon Wireless Passes Four Million Phones Collected Through Its HopeLine Program

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, Verizon Wireless said today that it has collected more than four million old and no-longer-used wireless phones since the October 2001 launch of the company's HopeLine® national phone recycling and reuse program. The HopeLine program, which benefits domestic violence prevention and awareness programs nationwide, has awarded more than $4 million in cash grants, generated by the sale of refurbished phones, to domestic violence agencies and organizations. HopeLine has also provided more than 45,000 wireless phones with more than 100 million minutes of service and other features valued at more than $13 million to be used by victims of domestic violence.

Since January of this year, consumers and businesses have given more than 800,000 wireless phones to the HopeLine program, enabling more than $1.2 million in cash grants and the planned donation of more than 15,000 HopeLine phones to nearly 400 shelters and other organizations working to support those who have experienced abuse.

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work by turning unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. To date, HopeLine has properly disposed of nearly one million phones and kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. No-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider are collected in Verizon Wireless 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 WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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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