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Dump Your Fax Machine, Send Faxes Online


By: Tina L Douglas


You can now dump your fax machine and still receive and transmit important fax documents.

All these are made possible by the newest technology called online fax. It allows you to send and transmit online fax messages using only your computer, an internet connection and a valid email address. If you are tired of paying for a fax line and maintaining the cost of your fax machine, then this is the ideal solution for you.

Online fax, or internet fax, is the hottest trend in the field of business communications today. However, this new feature is not limited to businesses alone. With its very minimal cost, even individuals who have various faxing needs can still avail of this service without worrying about huge start up costs.

There are a lot of online fax service providers online although they are not created equal. Obviously, since there are a lot of different companies who offer the same service, you can expect the competition to benefit the subscribers. Each online fax service provider offers different monthly fees in varying prices and with different packages and functionalities included.

If you are seriously considering making the switch and dumping your fax machine, there are some points that you need to consider:

1. Does the online fax service provider give its users a toll free or local phone number, or do they offer shared numbers for their users?

2. Do they impose extra charges for any excess online fax messages sent and received as determined by the monthly allowable fax pages? If so, how much?

3. How many fax pages can you send and receive with your monthly fee?

4. In what file formats are fax messages sent and received? Are they received as PDF files in your email or do you need to use proprietary software to view these fax messages?

To best determine which online fax service is right for your individual or company needs, you need to know at least how many faxes you need to send and receive each month. Some packages are perfect for intensive fax users who requires more than 500 fax pages per month, while there are also packages that are ideal for individual needs or light users. A lot of online fax providers offer free trials, usually a month, before you are required to purchase a subscription. This will allow you to test their services before you actually sign up with these companies, ensuring that you only pay for the service that you deserve.

Monthly fees vary between these fax service provides. On the average, you can expect to pay five to twenty dollars, for basic packages depending on the online fax service provider that you will choose. You will be allocated with a certain number of fax pages per month. You will typically pay for any excess fax page.

It is always a good idea to scout and survey for the best fax facilities online before you pull out your credit card and subscribe. With a little research, you will be able to find the best company that serves your needs.

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