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Zoom Begins Shipping New VoIP Analog Telephone Adapters
Model 5801's TelePort™ Provides Maximum Compliance with FCC E911 Directive

Boston, MA , February 9, 2006 — Zoom Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZOOM) announced today the expansion of its Voice over the Internet (VoIP) hardware line with the shipment of two new analog telephone adapters, models 5801 and 5806.  Both models include an FXS port for plugging in one or more conventional telephones.  The Model 5801 also includes the TelePort™, a special FXO (phone line) port with powerful call-routing capabilities that include directing certain outbound calls to the FXO port to provide service providers with maximum compliance with the FCC E911 directive.

“Zoom's new ATAs are focused squarely on the needs of Internet Telephone Service providers and their customers, with excellent performance at an extremely competitive price,” said Frank Manning, President of Zoom Technologies.  “In addition, Model 5801's TelePort feature opens up new markets to service providers with an easily implemented solution to E911.  Our new ATAs are also designed for integrators of SIP-based PBX systems, including the popular Asterisk™ IP PBX.”

Zoom provides a powerful, flexible configuration capability that lets a service provider use a web server to initially configure devices by plugging them into his network, and to remotely manage devices by pushing configuration files from his server.  The service provider can choose to automatically push some or all firmware upgrades to users of the devices.  The service provider controls the entire process using his server and tools supplied free by Zoom.  For details, service providers should contact Zoom at sales@zoomtel.com or visit our ISP partner area at: http://www.zoomtel.com/partners/isp.html.

Both models feature easy installation, excellent voice quality, SIP compatibility, and support for a wide range of voice codecs including G.711, G.729B, and iLBC.  Both models support a rich variety of advanced telephone services including Call Waiting, Caller Identification, Call Transfer, Call Hold, Call forwarding, Distinctive Ringing, and Voice Message Waiting Indication.

The TelePort feature on the 5801 can connect the FXO port to a local telephone or bridge to a voice call over the Internet. Calls coming into the FXO port can ring the FXS-connected telephone or trigger a call-waiting signal when the phones are in use.  In another mode, model 5801 can answer appropriate incoming calls, request an optional password, and then route those calls over the Internet to enable free or low-cost calls using VoIP.

Outbound calls dialed by local phones connected to the Model 5801 are routed as directed by the service provider or end-user.  For instance, the 5801 can route all 911 and emergency alarm calls out the FXO port while routing all other calls over the Internet with VoIP.  Alternately, local calls and/or other calls can also be routed out the FXO port based on the initial digits dialed, allowing VoIP service providers to select the type of traffic they service.  Routing of calls is handled by the 5801's intuitive Web-based interface.

Model 5801 is ideal for compliance to the FCC E911 directive for any U.S. customer who has a phone line that can be used for voice calls, including nearly every ADSL user.  When a user dials 911, the TelePort's “smart switch” can automatically route the call over the customer's phone line as if the user's phone was plugged directly into the phone line.  The TelePort provides reliable emergency dialing and FCC compliance even if a VoIP provider does not have an Internet-based means of connecting a customer to Enhanced 911 services.  Because of this, the TelePort allows a service provider to expand his market to the entire US.  TelePort also routes 911 and other calls through the FXO port in the event of a power outage.

Model 5801 can automatically check whether a 5801 is connected to a phone line with dial tone, and can notify a service provider at appropriate times set by the service provider.  The service provider can use this information to confirm FCC compliance or to take appropriate measures if a customer's 5801 is not connected to a working phone line.  For instance, the service provider can send an email to that customer or even disconnect that customer's service.  The goal is to maximize the chance that an emergency call is handled properly, and that the service provider is in compliance with government regulations. For additional information about Zoom's new VoIP terminal adapters please visit: http://www.zoomtel.com/products/voip_products.html.

About Zoom Technologies

Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs, produces, and supports Voice over IP terminal adapters and gateways, ADSL modems, wireless networking products, cable modems, dial-up modems, Bluetooth products and other communications products under the Zoom and Hayes brands.  For more information about Zoom and its products, please see: www.zoomtel.com

 

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions, including statements relating to TelePort-equipped devices. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, which could cause actual results to be materially different from those expected, including, without limitation, the uncertainty of the regulatory environment for VoIP products, the risks associated with new product development and introduction, and 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 revision 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.

For additional information contact:
Larry Hancock
580-347-3213
lhancock@zoomtel.com

 

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