Global Village V.92 Modems Begin Shipping
First V.92 Modem for the Macintosh
Boston, MA, December 7, 2000 -- The Global Village
division of Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM)
has begun shipping the first dialup modem for the Macintosh
market with support for the new V.92 and V.44 modem standards.
The external Global Village TeleportT 56K/V.92 Model 6250
plugs into any Macintosh computer with a serial port. The
newly adopted ITU V.92 modem standard and its companion V.44
compression standard make Internet access and Web browsing
faster, easier and more convenient. V.92 offers several advantages
over the older V.90 standard including QuickConnect, faster
upstream data transfers, and support for call waiting.
QuickConnect reduces the automatic negotiation or "handshake"
time at the beginning of a call by as much as half.
The maximum data upload speed is increased from 33,600 bps
to 48,000 bps; a significant advantage for Internet gamers
or anyone with files or email to upload.
Modem-on-Hold feature allows a user to receive a voice call
while online, put the online session on hold during the voice
call, and then resume the online session. Modem-on-Hold frees
up the modem's phone line for incoming calls, which is especially
important in homes with a single phone line. Modem-on-Hold
requires call waiting service from the local phone company
and compatible Internet service.
V.44 compression standard provides what is perhaps the most
visible and impressive benefit to users: a significant increase
in Web browsing speed over the older V.42bis standard. The
V.42bis compression standard was developed over ten years
ago, before the widespread use of graphics in data communications.
The new V.44 standard, however, was designed specifically
for the kinds of content seen on the Web and can double download
"We expect V.92 service to be available
from Internet Service Providers some time in early 2001,"
said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice President of Marketing and
Sales. "In the meantime, the new Global Village modem
will automatically detect whether a central site has V.90
or V.92, and then connect appropriately. This means that someone
can use V.90 now and then use V.92 when their Internet Service
Provider is ready."
Model 6250's software bundle
includes the award-winning GlobalFaxT fax software for Macintosh.
Critics have repeatedly praised this software for its power
and user-friendliness. Reviewers have especially liked the
program's "QuickFax" feature, which allows a fax
to be sent with the press of just two keys. Another popular
component is the complete, integrated Personal Information
Manager (PIM) with multiple address books. About Zoom Telephonics
Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs,
produces and markets dial-up and broadband modems, wireless
LAN products, home networking devices, and other data communications
products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village names. Zoom
products are available in over 3,000 of the highest volume
retailers in the USA and over 5,000 retail outlets worldwide.
Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ:ZOOM).
Further information about the GlobalVillage Teleport
56K/V.92 Model 6250 may be obtained at www.globalvillage.com.
Zoom Telephonics' Web site address is www.zoomtel.com.