Send and Receive Faxes online for free..
I've discovered a few ways you can both send and receive faxes online for free, or at least at minimal cost..
I'll deal with receiving a fax first:
You can sign up for a free Efax account here (signup is quick and easy!):
Their free service will give you a number linked to your email address in one of 8 or 9 or so different countries that you can chose from.. Unfortunately, Australia is not on the list, but US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, and others are.. Remember to chose the "free" option.. As a paid member, you would get a more local number from whichever country you chose, and the possibility to also send faxes, but as a free member, your options are more limited, and you can only receive (not to worry though as I'll be covering sending faxes further down the page)..
I just signed up and have a fax number now that is UK based - 44-7006-060-329 (44 is the international dialing code for the United Kingdom)
If anyone wants to send me a fax to test the service, then please feel free. - If it works as promised, I should receive the fax directly to my email inbox.
Alternatively, you can use another online service called k7.
It's basically a web-based unified messaging system that channels your free voicemail and fax messages directly to your e-mail.
The restriction is you just get a US Seattle based (toll free!) number to use for receiving the fax.. To signup click here:
I just did so too, and my Fax number there, should any kind soul wish to test it out for me, is: (US) 206-202-1192
Apparently if you don't use your account for over a month, they cancel it.. in which case you'll need to sign u again, and get a new number..
There is also an option for you to add personalized call greetings, and there are no restrictions on the number of faxes or voice mail messages one can receive..
So if your interested, simply complete the sign-up and you will be allocated a 10-digit Seattle phone number where people can send faxes or leave you voicemail messages. So as long as you’re fine with a Seattle area code, it’s a great free answering machine and fax-to-email service.
Now on to sending Faxes for free..
So far I've not been able to find a website service that is completely free and unrestricted in terms of where you can send your fax.
But the good news is that I have found a service that lets you send a fax for free anywhere in the US or Canada... You just add the details of both the sender and the receiver, attach the document and send! - This service also adds an extra page with an Ad to the transmitted fax document.) Using their free account, you can send a maximum of 2 faxes daily, with a maximum size each of 3 pages per document.. (the document can be a .DOC file, or a PDF file, or alternatively, you can just enter plain text in the form provided, and send that..
If that's what you want, here's the place to visit:http://faxzero.com/
Now, so far, I haven't found another website like option 1, that lets me send faxes outside of the US or Canada, and would really like to see a similar service for Australia or the UK or any other country, so if you know of such a place, please let me know in the comments section..
However, all is not lost.. I have discovered a very nifty little add on to Skype, (for those unfamiliar with Skype, it is a VoIP protocol that lets you make and receive telephone calls via the internet, and is free to use between fellow Skype users, and only minimal cost to calls to non Skype members.. Skype can be downloaded here: http://www.skype.com/download/)
Anyhow, back to the Fax sending..
Once you have Skype installed and setup, you can download the PamFax add on here:
Just scroll down the page and press the Download button..
Many different file types are supported, and you can basically send faxes anywhere in the world at minimal cost debited from your Skype account.. (Skype can be funded using PayPal.. So you'll need a Paypal account first!)
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