Zoom® Introduces VoIP Freedom
Low-cost product lets users
choose from dozens of VoIP services
Boston, MA, October 27, 2006 —
Zoom Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM), has
begun shipping the Model 5800 Zoom VoIP Freedom, a revolutionary product that lets a
user choose from dozens of VoIP service providers with an easy Web-based Chooser
utility. Most VoIP services lock a user into their service with inflexible hardware. Zoom
VoIP Freedom maximizes customer choice by letting the customer review and choose
the service best suited to his or her needs, and then automatically configure the Zoom
VoIP Freedom device to work with the selected service.
The Chooser includes VoIP services from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, with
Web-based menus in languages that include English, Spanish, German, and
Vietnamese. Once a customer finds an attractive service, selecting that service
automatically configures the Zoom VoIP Freedom device. Changing the service is just
as easy, so the customer maintains freedom of choice.
Zoom VoIP Freedom lets customers use their favorite phones. A customer can
plug a normal phone into the VoIP Freedoms Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA), and
then make or receive calls using that phone. A customer can even plug in a cordless
base station, so that the customer can make and receive Internet phone calls with a
VoIP Freedoms Web-based Chooser currently allows selection from a list of 25
VoIP service providers. Zoom invites service providers supporting the industry-standard
SIP protocol to register their service for use with the VoIP Freedom ATA at
www.zoomtel.com/partners/itsp . There is no charge for registration.
Zoom VoIP Freedom customers can decide whether to retain conventional
landline telephone service along with their VoIP phone service.
If they do, the ATA lets them easily make and receive calls
through either their VoIP or landline service. Two different
calls can take place simultaneously over the VoIP and landline
telephone services, providing a "second phone line"
capability. Emergency calls, such as 911 calls in the US, are
automatically sent over the landline phone service to help assure
proper emergency response to the correct location. In the event
of a power loss that disables VoIP calling, the VoIP Freedom
ATA automatically connects ATA-connected telephones to the landline
"Two-thirds of broadband connections worldwide are provided
by ADSL", said Frank Manning, President and CEO of Zoom
Technologies. "Nearly every ADSL line has landline phone
service available at little or no additional cost. Zoom VoIP
Freedom makes use of that landline phone service to properly
handle emergency and alarm calls and to provide powerful enhanced
features. For instance, someone with a mobile "cell"
phone can easily escape the high cost of calls to other countries.
That person just calls the Zoom VoIP Freedom device, which provides
VoIP dialtone and bridges the mobile phone user to VoIP. The
VoIP Freedom device can even use caller ID to decide which calls
it answers; so it answers calls from the appropriate family
or business members, but does not interfere with other incoming
Zoom VoIP Freedom has an estimated retail price of $59. Anyone can explore
the wide range of VoIP services already available with Zoom VoIP Freedom by going to
About Zoom Technologies
Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs, produces, and supports
Voice over IP terminal
adapters and gateways, ADSL modems, wireless networking products,
dial-up modems, Bluetooth products and other communications
products under the
Zoom and Hayes brands. For more information about Zoom and
its products, please