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Zoom® Ships Affordable, Versatile V.92 USB Modem
Compact modem offers enhanced Internet performance and WorldTraveler™ feature

Boston, MA, May 7, 2001 — Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) has begun shipment of an affordably priced, compact V.92 modem for Windows computers with a USB port. The new Zoom/Modem V.92 USB Mini, Model 3090, is the latest in Zoom's extensive line of V.92 modems. Zoom was the first manufacturer to ship products meeting the new ITU V.92 and V.44 standards for modems.

Features of the Zoom/Modem V.92 USB Mini Model 3090 include an on-board DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for improved performance, four LED status lights, and easy upgrades using software downloads.

Like all Zoom modems, the Model 3090 includes ZoomGuard™ lightning protection. ZoomGuard is an advanced circuit that protects the computer and the modem from lightning striking the telephone line. Lightning strikes are the leading cause of modem failure. ZoomGuard provides more resilient and robust lightning protection than the varistor and sidactor solutions commonly found on competing modems.

The Model 3090 also includes Zoom's World Traveler™ feature, which is a programmable telephone network interface. Model 3090 can be easily programmed for telephone networks in over 185 countries by using a software utility provided with the modem.

The Model 3090 is housed in a compact 2 3⁄4 x 5 x 3⁄4-inch case; and is powered by the USB port of the computer, which eliminates the need for an external power supply. The modem's small size, USB port power, and Zoom World Traveler feature make the new Zoom modem an ideal travel companion suitable for both desktop and laptop portable computers.

The Model 3090 supports the new ITU V.92 and companion V.44 standards for modems. This technology speeds up Web browsing, file uploads, and connect times. V.92 includes a Modem-on-Hold feature that, in conjunction with a phone company's Call Waiting service, allows a user to receive a voice call without losing a live Internet connection. The enhanced performance features of Zoom's new V.92 modems are available to subscribers of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who have upgraded to the new standards. For those users whose ISPs have yet to upgrade, Zoom's V.92 modems are fully compatible with the older V.90 modem standard.

"Despite the rapid growth of broadband technology, dial-up modems will continue to be the most popular means of Internet access for many years," said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. "The new Model 3090 represents our continuing commitment to providing value-priced, performance-rich products to high-volume markets."

Software bundled with the Model 3090 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.

The estimated retail price of the Zoom/Modem V.92 USB Mini Model 3090 is $69.00.

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 devices, and other data communication products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village brands. Zoom products are available in over 3,000 of the highest volume computer retailers in the USA and over 5,000 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 andunknown risks, including those set forth below. The technologies being pursued 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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