free fax to e-mail service

by nc on February 20, 2006 · 8 comments

I’ve been using eFax Free for awhile, but have been having problems with a pile of spam faxes filling up the “free” 20 faxes a month, and having them cancel accounts on me. I finally found a decent replacement – k7. They offer a free DID in the Seattle area, with fax-/voicemail-to-email service. Seems to work pretty well.. nice for those occasional fax users like me! In any case, I recommend it – not sure I’d send anything private through it (or any other external fax-to-email gateway), though.. I’ll have to post further once I’ve actually gotten some use out of it.

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John Nader February 20, 2006 at 7:26 am

I trust MyFax – I tested many Internet Fax services and MyFax is the one I like and trust the most. It is definitely the best quality product with the best service care. Check their website – http://www.myfax.com – a winner for sure!

John

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nc February 20, 2006 at 7:59 am

Yeah.. but I don’t want to pay $10/mo. :)

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lumina May 29, 2007 at 7:52 am

I also used eFax Free for a while but I switched to PopFax. I am glad that i did so.
It is only 0.07$ per page.You can send faxes worldwide via internet or email and it ia good that it is an unlimited reception.

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lumina September 7, 2007 at 8:40 am

I recommend Popfax Service that has a great offer for sending and receiving faxes only for 5.49$ per month.

Good luck!!!!!!!!!

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jon B December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

Your Cisco router with a fxo voice card will accept faxes, rewrite them as tiffs and send to an smtp server. I think that started somewhere around IOS 12.2 ? With the correct dialplan on your router, you can do this for free from the convenience of your own bedroom. Or kitchen. Or wherever you keep the router :)

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nc December 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

That assumes a real PSTN line though! :)

I’ve been using Faxage (http://www.faxage.com) for the last few years; $3.49/mo plus usage.. it ends up being far cheaper than a real physical line for geeks like me.

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jb December 14, 2012 at 4:49 am

Ja, for a private party that may be true. For work, not so practical.

I don’t trust those “services” either … seems like they always decide to quit being a business right about the time I start to depend on them. At least the phone company will be around next week, most likely :p

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nc December 14, 2012 at 7:27 am

True enough! If it’s a mission-critical fax line, nothing beats the telco. I don’t think Faxage is going anywhere personally (they have been around since ~2002, and I have yet to meet anyone using them who is not satisfied), but especially if you have a widely-publicized fax number, keeping it on PSTN is not a bad idea.

At some point, I’m planning on trying out some of the fax solutions that ITSPs are starting to offer – for example, Vitelity’s “vFax” solution (http://www.vitelity.com/services_vfax/ – currently $2.99/mo plus 3c/min), or Anveo’s faxing platform (https://www.anveo.com/consumer/features.asp?code=faxinout – price varies based on service plan).. both of these give you functionality similar to eFax/Faxage, but also give you a lot more flexibility on how to handle faxes, and let you bundle it with your voice (if you have voice at one of those providers.) You run the same risks as you do with any of the smaller ITSPs or internet fax providers, of course – there is always the chance, albeit slim (with these two at least), that they will go under and you’ll lose the number.

In any case, appreciate the comment on an old post (2006!); would be interested to hear what other people have started doing for this legacy-but-still-critical-to-many-business technology (faxing) in the years that have passed since then. ;)

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