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Zoom Announces Next-Generation Modem

Boston, MA, May 24, 1999 -- Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) in concert with Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group, has announced it will soon ship a consumer-market modem which supports Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) protocols. Zoom's client-side DSL device will deliver an affordable and flexible transition to high-speed DSL communications by also providing a V.90 56K analog modem on the same PCI-format card. The new Zoom modem is expected to be available by year's end.

Zoom's product will allow data download speeds of up to 1.5 megabits per second and data upload speeds of up to 384K bits per second over ordinary telephone lines using the ITU G.992.2 (G.Lite) protocol. The product is based on the Lucent WildWire™ DSP1690 chip set from Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group.

"We believe that DSL will be a very high-volume category of product in the near future. Service providers will widely deploy G.Lite DSL and Zoom will be supporting that deployment on the client side with both our Zoom and Hayes brands," said Terry Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Zoom Telephonics. Zoom recently acquired most of Hayes' modem assets.

"This announcement marks one of the first client DSL offerings in the channel," said Surinder Rai, Lucent's Director of Marketing. "Zoom has been a key partner with us on our 'Lucent Edge' modem campaign and is now taking client side communications to the next level by announcing support for a DSL offering."

Zoom is a leading brand of modems sold through North American distributors, according to PC Data's current Distribution Hardware Report. The Hayes brand is one of the oldest and most respected brands of modems in the world.

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and markets faxmodems, Wireless LAN products, Home Phoneline Networking devices, ISDN products and other products that link people and their personal computers through the world's largest network, the international telephone network, and connected networks including the Internet and corporate local area networks. Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: ZOOM). Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold worldwide.

For additional information please contact Investor Relations, Zoom Telephonics, 207 South Street, Boston, MA 02111, telephone (617)423-1072, fax (617)338-5015, e-mail address investor@zoomtel.com. Zoom's World Wide Web site is www.zoomtel.com.

Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions, including without limitation the financial and other contributions expected in connection with Zoom's acquisition of the Hayes modem assets referenced in this release. Actual results may be materially different than those expectations as a result of known and unknown risks, including those set forth below. Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in the assimilation of operations and products of acquired businesses, the ability to manage geographically remote units, and the potential loss of key employees of the acquired companies. In addition, the technologies and businesses being acquired 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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