Faxing has almost become a thing of the past. In this day and age I see more people scanning and emailing items than faxing, which is definitely what I prefer. That being said there are still those rare times when you need to send and/or receive a fax. Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t see paying $30, $40 or even $70 per month for a fax line when I only use it once a month. Luckily there are faxing alternatives that do a great job and won’t break the bank, so today’s SmartWire provides some information on alternatives, as well as some recommendations.
You are probably wondering, how do I receive or send a fax without having a physical fax machine. The way these services work is that incoming faxes are automatically captured and sent to your email address. Outgoing faxes can be handled by scanning a document in to your computer and sending it, or simply emailing the document to the fax service itself. The sending and receiving piece is handled by the faxing company itself. The best part is that they cost a fraction of what you would pay for an actual fax line
There are numerous faxing companies out there, but here are my top three picks:
- Nextiva: This happens to be the service I use and the cost is $4.95 per month for up to 500 pages.
- MyFax: MyFax has a lot of additional corporate features such as multiple distributions etc…and is around $10.00 per month for about 400 pages.
- eFax: eFax is probably the original creator of electronic faxing adn offers a wide range of services, but is probably the most expensive at $14.13 a month for 300 pages.
Now with the money you save in faxing, you can buy a new computer (Wink, Wink)