FAQ: How can I send a fax from the Internet?
This document is copyright 1994-2008 by Kevin Savetz.
Updated May 1, 2008 Continually updated since 1994!
COMMERCIAL SERVICES -
FAXING FROM THE WEB AND E-MAIL
These services allow you to send faxes using any Web browser
or e-mail client, without installing special fax software on your computer.
MyFax is an innovative email fax service used in thousands of home offices and small businesses
that depend on reliable fax communications. MyFax simply integrates with existing email
systems, needing no new software or hardware, and eliminates costs, hassles and missing pages. For
only $10 monthly (or $110 per year) you get 100 outgoing fax pages and 200 incoming pages each month.
Additional pages cost 10 cents each. There's no set-up fee or other hidden fees.
You can receive your faxes as PDF or TIFF files in up to three email accounts, or view them on the
web. Send faxes via e-mail: the service supports 45 file formats.
Go to MyFax
Metro Hi Speed [KEVIN'S PICK]
Metro Hi Speed lets you send and receive faxes via e-mail or by printing
to fax from your Microsoft Windows applications. A monthly charge of $12.95 includes up to 1,000
pages of combined inbound or outbound faxes. (3 cents per additional page.)
An additional $2 per month gets you a toll-free inbound fax number.
(There's also a $9.95 setup fee.) It's easy to add extra fax numbers (with discounts
for six or more) allowing each employee to have their own fax number that delivers faxes
directly to their e-mail account.
Go to Metro Hi Speed
AirComUSA [KEVIN'S PICK]
AirComUSA offers fax<->email, fax-from-the-desktop, and fax broadcasting. You get a toll-free
1-888 number for receiving, or a local fax number in your choices of a few, but growing, list of area codes.
There are several account options, ranging from $8.95/month + 10 cents per minute to
$29.95/month which includes toll-free voicemail and two hours of usage.
You can register for a free trial account for receiving faxes: it
provides 30 minutes/30 days of usage (whichever is less) via a toll-free number.
Faxes arrive in e-mail as a TIFF or PDF file. They also handle special requests, such as
fax delivery via FTP.
RapidFax [KEVIN'S PICK]
$9.95/month, RapidFax provides a local or toll-free number for incoming faxes, including 300 combined incoming/outgoing
pages per month. 8 cents per additional page. (There is no extra charge for toll-free numbers.)
There is no setup fee. You can send and receive faxes via e-mail or the web site. Special deal through Juny 31 2008:
$7.88/month for the life of your account, with a 30-day free trial.
Go to RapidFax
TrustFax [KEVIN'S PICK]
TrustFax provides a toll-free number for incoming faxes, which are
delivered to your e-mail box PDF format. You can send faxes via e-mail or the web.
The Power User account costs $39.95 per year for 150 incoming or outgoing fax pages. (10
cents per page for additional.) The Pro User plan costs $9.95 per month for 125 incoming or
outgoing pages per month. The Premium User plan costs $18.95 per month for 250 fax pages.
There is a free 30-day trial for every type of account.
Go to TrustFax
FaxitNice [KEVIN'S PICK]
For occasional faxing, a prepaid FaxIt Credit account is a good deal with no monthly fees: 18 cents per page. $20
minimum pre-pay. For sending and receiving faxes, the Prepaid Basic plan lets you send and receive with a per-page
fee (75 cents per page received on your toll-free number, 18 cents per page sent) and no monthly fee. For heavier users
the $29.95/month FaxIt Elite plan lets you send/receive a total of 400 pages per month. You can transmit many common
file formats, including Word, Excel, PDF, and RTF.
Go to FaxItNice
MaxEmail [KEVIN'S PICK]
MaxEmail, one of the oldest Internet fax services, lets you receive faxes and voicemail as e-mail
attachments, and send faxes via e-mail or the web. The Lite version of the service has an annual
fee of $24 (with a non-local fax number). The Plus version costs $84 a year, and includes a local number in
your choice of cities or a toll-free number. They offer a 30-day free trial. Broadcast fax service
is also available.
Go to MaxEmail
The eFax Plus
service provides a local or toll-free number which delivers incoming faxes to
your e-mail account. This requires viewer software, which is available for Windows and MacOS 7.5-X.
The service costs $16.95 per month. If you opt for a toll-free number, there is
an additional fee of 20 cents per page. You can also send faxes: 10 cents per page to U.S.
numbers. There is a 30-day free trial.
There's also a free service
for receiving faxes only: you get a non-local phone number, and
the company sends occasional advertisement faxes to free users. If you receive more than 20 fax
pages in any month, eFax will suspend your account. If you do not upgrade
to the Plus service at that time, your account will be terminated.
Register for efax Plus
Register for efax free
FaxPipe [KEVIN'S PICK]
FaxPipe's email-to-fax service offers five plans suitable for medium to very low-volume users.
On the high end, 900 combined incoming/outgoing pages for $36.95 month; on the low-volume side,
$47.40 a year ($3.95/month) gets you 25 combined pages per month. You get a choice of toll-free or local number
in your choice of 26 area codes.
Go to FaxPipe
Callwave has two send/receive plans: the Basic plan allows 150 incoming/100 domestic outgoing pages
for $9.95 per month. The Plus plan doubles those page counts for $12.95 month. $10 setup on all accounts.
Go to CallWave
GreenFax (formerly IntelliFax) offers full-service internet-faxing
solutions. Local fax numbers for receiving faxes are available in 100+ area
codes. Inbound faxes forwarded via email in PDF or TIFF format. 60 day web
storage of faxes. Secure (HIPAA-compliant) inbound faxing option available.
Pricing is $12.95 per month, and includes local fax number plus 250 pages
per month received. Rates for outbound faxing are 7 cents per minute
(billed in six-second increments) for faxes to US/Canadian destinations.
Corporate/high-volume plans available.
FAXAGE offers plans starting at $3.49. For $7.95 a month, you get 150 incoming/150 outgoing faxes
with your choice of local and toll-free numbers. Higher-volume plans for virtually unlimited receive-only
start from $19.95 per month and send/receive for $64.95 per month. There is a $5 setup fee for all
account types. FAXAGE allows for multiple fax numbers per account and forwards faxes to as many
email addresses as the user specifies. User management, status reporting, list faxing and other
features are all provided via the web interface.
Go to FaxAge
FaxMicro's Plus plan lets you receive unlimited pages for $4.95 per month. Sending faxes costs 5
cents per page for U.S. destinations. Their Toll Free plan costs $9.95 per month, and adds a toll-free
number for incoming faxes. Either way, there's a $10 setup fee.
Go to FaxMicro
Send2Fax offers three faxing plans: the Small Business plan: $11.95/month for 200 total incoming/outgoing pages;
Executive plan: $39.95/month for 500 combined pages; and Corporate plan: $79.95/month for 1000 pages.
Go to Send2Fax
SRFax lets you send faxes via e-mail or the web, and provides a toll-free phone number
for incoming faxes. The Lite plan lets you send 100/receive 300 pagesper month
for $9.95 a month; the Small Business plan bumps it to 200 out/500 incoming pages for $15.95/month.
There's a free 14-day trial, and discounted annual rates are avaiable. Several e-mail
addresses can be authoized to send faxes: 3 for the Lite plan, 9 for the Business plan.
Go to SRFax
COMMERCIAL SERVICES -
FAXING FROM THE DESKTOP
These services allow you to send a fax using an application on your
Internet-connected computer (rather than by accessing a Web page or
sending e-mail.) You do not need a fax modem. These tools often let you
send formatted, graphical faxes directly from your favorite applications.
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Send from any Windows application and receive faxes in your email. ClickFax
promises tight integration with Outlook, Access, Exchange, Excel, QuickBooks
and more. Budget plans as low as $3.50/month. High-volume discounted plans
Go to ClickFax Pro
Fax1 [KEVIN'S PICK]
Send faxes worldwide via PC software, e-mail, or the Web. 12 cents per page for U.S.
destinations, with no sign up or monthly fees. New signups get $1 of free trail use.
If you need to receive faxes too, a Pro account ($9 per month or $99 per year) provides
an incoming fax line in your choice of many area codes. Faxes are delivered as TIFF or PDF files.
Go to Fax1
RingCentral [KEVIN'S PICK]
RingCentral Fax includes a toll-dree or local fax number to receive faxes by email
web-based account. Receive fax alerts by cell phone. RingCentral Fax plans start at $7.99/month
which includes 300 pages/month. 5.9 cents per additional page. Free Fax editing software included
to sign/edit faxes electronically. The service is fully integrated with Microsoft Office so
you can fax directly from Word or Excel by clicking fax icon on your toolbar.
Billing plans include: Professional $14.99/mo (100min/5 free
extensions), Plus $29.99/mo (500min/10 free extensions), Power $49.99/mo
(1000 min/20 free extensions) and Premium $99.99/mo (2500 min/99 free extensions).
Concord supports fax from the desktop using WinFax Pro software
(7 cents per page to U.S. and Canada plus a $4.95 monthly charge,)
fax broadcasting, and e-mail delivery of incoming faxes. For receiving faxes and voicemail,
there's the eReceive service, which costs $9.95 per month.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FAXING
How to send an international fax? See HowToCall.info
This site has free fax cover sheets available for download.
This document is copyright 2008 by Kevin M. Savetz and may not be
reproduced without my express permission.
All prices in US dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
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