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Can you recommend an online/email fax service?

Asked by jaytkay (25767points) May 7th, 2010

I am about to sign up for an online fax service, to send and receive faxes via email.

These are the essential features I want.

—$10/month or less
—No software installed on my computer
—Incoming faxes are emailed to me as PDFs
—Outgoing faxes are sent by attaching a document to an email and sending it to the fax service
—There is also a web interface, an alternative to email for outgoing faxes.

Myfax.com, Trustfax.com and Fax.com look about equal to me.

Do you have experienced with these or any similar services?

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grumpyfish's avatar

I’ve been using efax.com (which is higher than your monthly limit there) and it’s been really great.

I haven’t used any of the others, so I can’t speak to them.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Maybe I am from the stone age but why would you pay for a service like this. You can get a used fax machine for almost nothing. I got mine for free. They sell them at GoodWill for $5.
Would you do this if you do not have a home telephone number? I see there are charges like $0.10 per page as well. The home phone is much cheaper isn’t it?
I am sure I’m missing something.

grumpyfish's avatar

@worriedguy I don’t have a landline, and almost never fax anything. However, people seem to expect that I should have a fax number, so I have one. On my business cards. In my e-mail sig.

Well, that and I don’t have room on my desk for a fax machine.

DarkScribe's avatar

Have you considered Skype? For a very low annual fee you get very inexpensive phone calls a fax capability and a permanent phone number. I have no idea what the cost is where you are but here in Australia fifty dollars a years give me unlimited calls to other Skype phones as well as all of the above. For about .17 cents a minute I can all landlines nationwide.

jaytkay's avatar

@grumpyfish
I have a free receive-only eFax account for personal use, no complaints. But they are a little more expensive than the others if you want to send.

@worriedguy why would you pay for a service like this. You can get a used fax machine for almost nothing.

We want this for:
—- Sending & receiving faxes anywhere there is an internet connection, even using someone else’s computer or a Blackberry
—Sending when no printer is available
—Avoiding unnecessary printing
—Shared faxes – We have people in three cities, they can all receive the documents
—Shared fax number – Faxing to/from three cities, but the company presents a single fax number to the public
—Avoiding having another gadget in the office – expensive ink, cords & cables in the way, they jam a lot…

@DarkScribe
Interesting, PamFax for Skype is $5.17 US per month plus US$ 0.079 per page (plus the SkypeOut charges).

If it were just for me, I might go for that, but for this project I don’t want to install & maintain any new software.

DarkScribe's avatar

@jaytkay _PamFax for Skype is $5.17 US per month plus US$ 0.079 per page (plus the SkypeOut charges).

I don’t use Pam fax, though I do have Pamela but it is a once off purchase. I never send faxes – just receive about four or five a year.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@grumpyfish @jaytkay
Thanks. I get it now.

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