Zoom Launches ComStar Communications Center
V.34 FaxModem With Voice Mail
Plus Full-Duplex Speakerphone
Boston, MA, November 13, 1995 - Zoom Telephonics (NASDAQ:
a leading manufacturer of faxmodems, announced at the Comdex
trade show in LasVegas, Nevada, that it has begun shipping
its new ComStar line of faxmodems. ComStar products provide
PC users with the most comprehensive set of analog phoneline
management capabilities on the market today.
is a complete communications center for IBM PC-compatible
computers, providing extensive voice mail capabilities, faxmodem
features, and a high-quality, full-duplex speakerphone in
one easy-to-install single-slot card," says Frank Manning,
President of Zoom Telephonics. "Companies, small offices,
and home offices will find ComStar to be a significant advance
over basic faxmodems with our ad vanced feature set that many
knowledgeable buyers will soon demand."
features the convenience of hands-free full-duplex telephone
conversa tion, professional-quality conference calls, full-featured
faxmodem capability, digital answering machine, voice mail,
Radish VoiceView alternating voice and data, and a convenient
speed dialer. The top-of-the-line model features Digital Simultaneous
Voice and Data (DSVD) capability, which enables users to engage
in an uninterrupted voice conversation while a data transfer
simultaneously occurs during the same phone call with another
All ComStar models come complete with
high-quality plug-in external microphone and speaker, and
BitWare voice/fax/data communications software for Windows
95 or Windows 3.1.
"The ComStar product is a
showcase for the multitasking communications capability Windows
95 can deliver," says Manning.
Setup is straightforward.
ComStar is automatically Plug and Play configurable with Windows
95 on Plug and Play compatible computers and can be software-configured
in other Windows systems.
Three ComStar models are
available. Model 610 provides V.32bis 14,400 bps data transfer
speed; Model 620 provides V.34 28,800 bps data speed; and
Model 623 provides V.34 28,800 bps data speed plus Digital
Simultaneous Voice and Data (DSVD). All models provide full-duplex
speakerphone capability; all support VoiceView, which is featured
in Windows 95; and all provide 14,400 bps Group 3, Class 1
and 2 fax capability for sending and receiving high-resolution
faxes at the PC. ComStar also provides patented Zoom distinctive
ring capability and Caller ID.
ComStar requires a
386 or faster PC-compatible computer with 1 available ISA
slot, 4MB of RAM (8MB preferred), a 3.5 in. floppy drive,
hard drive with 5 MB available, and Microsoft Windows 3.1
or higher. A mouse is recommended.
The ComStar line
is priced competitively. Street prices for the Model 610 are
expected to be in the $120-130 range; for the Model 620 $200-220;
and for the Model 623, shipping in early December, $250 to