SOURCE: Zoom Technologies, Inc.

October 24, 2005 10:05 ET

TelePort™ Is Proposed for FCC E911 Compliance

Zoom's TelePort Hardware Is Proposed Instead of Internet-Connected E911 Alternatives

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 24, 2005 -- Zoom Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) today submitted to the FCC its written proposal that Global Village®, Zoom's VoIP service, rely entirely on Zoom's TelePort technology to comply with the FCC's new E911 requirements. Zoom's written proposal is at

TelePort-equipped devices have a jack for plugging in one or more conventional telephones, a jack for interfacing to a Public Switched Telephone Network ("PSTN") phoneline, and the ability to route calls either to the Internet as VoIP calls or directly to the PSTN. When a Global Village customer dials 911, the TelePort's "smart switch" automatically routes the call over the customer's conventional telephone line. The call is thus handled as it would be if a conventional phone was directly plugged into the customer's PSTN line, so the E911 call is routed by the telephone service provider's equipment onto the wireline E911 network.

Zoom pointed out that the TelePort solution, which routes 911 calls through the PSTN, includes these benefits over a network-based approach to E911 compliance:

The TelePort solution works for E911 calls even if the VoIP provider does not have an Internet-based means of connecting the customer to E911 service.

TelePort-equipped VoIP devices can handle E911 calls even in a power outage. During a power outage the conventional telephone plugged into the TelePort-equipped device automatically connects to the live PSTN jack, typically via a relay. In contrast, devices that depend on an Internet connection to route E911 calls via a network-based solution typically cannot handle E911 calls in a power outage unless those devices have a backup power supply.

The TelePort solution takes advantage of the wireline E911 capability to identify a user's location even if that user is nomadic. Whenever and wherever a nomadic VoIP user in the U.S. plugs into a live PSTN jack, that user's location will be identified to the maximum extent permitted by the wireline E911 service even if the nomadic user fails to update his or her registered location.

By November 28, 2005, all U.S. Global Village customers will have enhanced TelePort-equipped devices that can detect whether the device is connected to a live PSTN connection and can report this status to Global Village. Customers will be prevented from making VoIP calls to and from the PSTN if their TelePort-equipped equipment is not plugged into a live PSTN jack. In that event, Zoom will attempt to get the customer to establish a live PSTN connection for the TelePort-equipped equipment, thereby restoring E911 access as quickly as possible.

Zoom is actively marketing its TelePort-equipped devices, including ATAs and DSL modems, to VoIP service providers. Zoom believes that for many of the VoIP service providers' customers, TelePort-equipped devices are a low-cost and effective way to handle E911 calls.

About Zoom Technologies

Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs, produces, and supports Voice over IP products, ADSL modems and gateways, wireless networking products, cable modems, dial-up modems, Bluetooth products, and other communications products under the Zoom and Hayes brands. Zoom also provides VoIP services under the Global Village brand. For more information about Zoom and its products, please see and

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions, including statements relating to TelePort-equipped devices and Global Village. 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 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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