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Zoom Introduces Low-cost, PC Card Faxmodem with World Traveler™ Feature

Boston, MA, August 2nd, 2000 - Zoom Telephonics Inc., (NASDAQ: ZOOM) is now shipping the Zoom/Faxmodem 56K PCMCIA Model 3000, an economical PCMCIA faxmodem that features easy setup for operation in over 185 countries. Model 3000 is compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, and 2000 computers.

Model 3000 features an on-board Digital Signal Processor (DSP), unlike the majority of modems bundled with laptop computers today. The on-board DSP performs the complex, real-time computing required for high-speed communications, and results in a more stable system and better multi-tasking performance.

The new modem includes PC Card Guard ™ digital PBX protection and ZoomGuard ™ lightning protection to guard against common problems that destroy competing products. Other features of the new Zoom modem include a low power circuit to extend the laptop battery life and V.80 support for point-to-point telephony over a dial-up phone connection.

"The introduction of the low-cost but performance-rich Model 3000 underscores Zoom's ongoing support of dial-up modems, which continue to be the predominant technology used for Internet access," said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Zoom will continue to introduce innovative analog modems, along with the latest in cable and DSL modems."

The Model 3000 includes Zoom's World Traveler ™ feature, which is a programmable Digital Access Arrangement (DAA), or phone network interface circuit. The DAA of the Model 3000 can be easily set to adapt to phone networks in over 185 countries by using a software utility provided with the modem.

PC Card Guard protects the modem against PC Card blowout from digital PBX systems. Digital phone jacks look like normal analog phone jacks, so it is easy for a user to mistakenly plug a PC Card modem into a digital jack. Those PBX jacks carry current levels that can instantly destroy a PC card modem. PC Card Guard limits the current and protects the modem.

Zoom Guard is an advanced circuit that protects the computer and the modem from lightning striking the telephone line, which is the leading cause of modem failure. Zoom Guard provides a more resilient and robust lightning protection than the inexpensive varistors commonly found on competing modems.

The Zoom/FaxModem 56K PCMCIA Model 3000 can receive data from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or online service over standard phone lines at speeds up to 56K bps, or 230.4K bps with compression. Model 3000 supports both the V.90 ITU Standard and K56Flex, the most commonly used pre-standard 56K modem technology. Model 3000 also provides Class 1 send/receive faxing.

The low-cost Model 3000 is a "controllerless" modem. In higher cost Zoom modems, an on-board processor called the "controller" processes the Hayes AT commands and performs the data compression function. On the Model 3000, the controller tasks are performed by the host computer's processor.

Bundled software includes: hardware drivers and utilities, 01 Communique Laboratories' Communicate! fax/data communications program, Internet access software, JASC Software's Paint Shop Pro™ SE graphics editing program, AdSubtract™ privacy protection and banner blocking software, and other useful programs.

About Zoom Telephonics

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces, and markets dial-up modems, cable and ADSL modems, wireless LAN products, home phoneline networking products, and other data communication products under the Zoom® and Hayes® brand names. Zoom products are available in over 3000 of the highest volume computer retailers in the USA and over 5000 retail outlets worldwide. For more information, visit Zoom at www.zoomtel.com.

Press Contact:
Larry Hancock
lhancock@zoomtel.com
580-347-3213

Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions. Actual results may be materially different than those expectations as a result of known and unknown risks, including those set forth below. Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in the assimilation of operations and products of acquired businesses, the ability to manage geographically remote units, and the potential loss of key employees of the acquired companies. In addition, the technologies and businesses being acquired by Zoom are subject to the significant risks and uncertainties generally applicable to modem and data communications products, including rapid technological change and intense competition, uncertainty of new product development, uncertainty of component availability, early stage of development of certain data communications markets, uncertainty of market growth, as well as other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

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