Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168841/how-to-send-and-receive-faxes-online-without-a-fax-machine-or-phone-line/
Some slow-moving businesses and government agencies may not accept documents over email, forcing you to fax them in. If you are forced to send a fax, you can do it from your computer for free.
a service that i can use at home. sending a fax is getting expensive. well done article.
@ChrisHoffman The last time I contacted HelloFax, they let me know that the 5 free pages offer is not per month. The offer is five pages total and once used up it costs $1 a page to fax. Also, as far as receiving faxes, there is a free service called http://voicemail.k7.net/ . It is a bare bones (no eye candy) service, but gets the job done. Takes about 5 minutes to set up. Hope this helps readers out. Love your site by the way.
I would just like to add some more info to this topic but this should help anyone who faxes a lot our a little but if one would decide to try this it has worked great for my wife and I and we have two separate phone numbers which we have dedicated one for our faxing all through our cable service TWC and it has worked past our expectation's .Although you can use the second line for phone calls also if needed .Here is the link and we only pay $110.00 per yr. and a monthly tax etc. for calls or faxes made which only ends up to 2.00 to 3.00 dollars a month. Lots and lots of extras to.
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Most US Government communications require Fax.
As a Builder, I always include a Fax Modem Card in my Builds.
The Best Modems are what's known as Hardware Modems but they require a PCI Slot.
Since most new motherboards only have PCIe Slots, then a Software Modem like this is what's needed.
A Fax Modem can be used at the same time as DSL, just be sure to use a Filter Jack.
Your Bank will always be glad to Fax for you if your equipment does not support Fax.
For receiving faxes you can sign up and use eFax Free plan which allows up to 10 received pages per month however the free plan does not include any outgoing/sent pages. The only caveat is faxes you received can only be viewed with a proprietary reader. I have a junk Oracle Virtualbox VM that has the eFax reader and other junk software. I then print it to a PDF for future reading/printing.
Therefore you could use Hellofax for outbound and eFax for inbound.
k7.net is what i've been using for that rare fax
I deal with the VA constantly so I have to have Fax Capability in the machines.
I use faxzero to send them, and efax to receive them. When this subject came up, I realized that I could no longer do it, so I downloaded and installed efax messenger 4.4--you may need to google this to find it for your machine. Faxzero is a free faxing site (with the usual limitations)--the faxes can be received as e-mails, and you need efax to read them--they give you a fax number, so for anyone who uses it, it will come in as a e-mail. Sent myself a fax, and it worked fine. Good deal to someone (like me) who sends and receives faxes very seldom.
None of the online services suit me - they all involve lots of extra steps.
I send >200 pages of faxes/month and receive about 50 pages.month.
Nearly everything I send is some sort of box that opens in my employer's website - i.e. open orders, open invoices, open parts orders, shipping notification, etc.
I am using FaxTalk Pro software + modem + phone line from my cable provider.
To send all I have to do is print to FaxTalk printer driver and select phone number to send to.
FaxTalk allows annotation and rotation.
FaxTalk has an internal phone book, or it can use OutLook's.
All the fax services I have looked at require that I save what I want to fax then open an email client - many more steps.
I'm posting because I may not be the only one who usually faxes what is already on a computer screen. If your time is important/valuable, why go through all the saving/converting/rmailing steps.
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