Despite the fact that fax machines are over 30 years old and the new generation doesn’t even know how to use them, they still seem to be ubiquitous in the most important areas – government and corporate offices and buildings around the world. It’s pretty much impossible to do something without needing to send or receive a paper or two through a fax machine.
But what if you don’t have one or are tired of using the big, bulky printer-like device that takes more space than your whole computer? Well, there’s a solution for that: online fax services, which can easily replace your aging fax machine with an easy to use interface inside your browser. Sending and receiving faxes using these sites is as easy as working with email, and below you’ll find my collection of the top fax services on the market:
MyFax is one of the oldest and most trusted online fax service providers, with a very easy to use online interface and affordable pricing. You can get a dedicated fax number which you can use to receive and send faxes for just $10/month – the price includes the ability to have the faxes sent straight to your email and 100 sent and 200 received pages. There are custom plans for higher volume users, as well.
eFax is another big player on the online fax market, and they have a lot of great features that make them a great choice for any individual or business that needs the ability to send and receive faxes. eFax has a good pricing structure, and you can choose your own number (subject to availability, of course), receive and send faxes using an online interface or email and even send/receive faxes using a smartphone app.
RingCentral Internet Fax
RingCentral provides a lot of services, among which their VoIP telephony and fax services are the most popular. Their pricing is very competitive, giving you a number and 500 pages with a $8 monthly subscription, and the features offered will satisfy even the most demanding customers: you can send/receive faxes as emails, sign and edit the faxes before sending, integrate the service with third party apps, save all faxed pages to a Box account and more.
ExtremeFax is one of the most affordable faxing services, and it’s the perfect choice if you want to be able to send or receive faxes once in a while, with enough features to satisfy anyone. The $7 monthly plan includes 500 pages, and you can pay $0.07 for each additional page, without having to switch to a more expensive package. Of course, you can send/receive faxes by email, receive instant notifications on your phone, send faxes to multiple numbers, and more.
Send2Fax also provides pretty much all of the features of the services above, while also giving you the ability to send a few faxes completely free – perfect if you’re in a bind and need to fax something urgently. The monthly package includes a toll-free number, 150 faxed pages, integration with MS Office, and more.
There are quite a few other services online to replace your fax machine, but the above five are by far the most popular, especially if you need to use them often. If, however, you just want to be able to receive or send a one-time fax and don’t care for ads or the quality, there are plenty of other services, many of which are free – just do a search on Google.