Free fax with no land line
I should have known that If I had a land line exclusively for faxing, others would too. This got to be too expensive, so I looked for and found a free service on line that you can get a free fax number that receives faxes and a separate service to fax directly from your computer to any fax #. The free service is only good for 3 faxes a day and you can only fax 3 pages. You can pay to fax more pages, but I can send most pages I need with 3 faxes! The fax # you get for free is a stateside number. When you receive a fax they send it to you by email. I have saved a ton of money since I found these two services. (I have no affiliation with either service. The web site to get your own fax # is free fax number. The site to send faxes from your computer is send faxes. Hope this is helpful to everyone.
we use efax. efax.comis their website.
The phone lines on the East End of STJ are to unreliable.
I try to avoid faxes by requesting or sending PDF files.
Thanks. I've heard of it but never checked it out. I will now. We have just the one land line for voice and fax, so when someone is going to fax, they have to call first, and then we have to not answer the phone when they fax. Always a pain because people NEVER fax immediately, and then 5 minutes later the phone rings, and it's like...is that the fax, or should I answer it???
Thanks for that info. I've been using Vonage, which does not allow faxing unless you pay extra. So, I've just recently been looking for this email/fax server. I'll give it a try.
I started a thread a while back on this very subject. I was paying about $80 a month (because it's a business) for a dedicated fax line. This was just to send and receive a few faxes every month.
After doing some research, I found there were a lot of companies that offered Internet fax services. However NO ONE offered a 340 telephone exchange. I decided to use a Florida exchange and I've never had push back that it''s a long distance number.
I use Myfax. You can launch it from Outlook which is nice. On the downside, it seems to have a problem sending to some older fax machines.
I scan it then send it by email!
I do too, Billd, whenever possible. But there are still places like doctor's offices that don't want to open the email path.
I even take the PDF forms that you can't save, and turn them into MSWord docs so that I can save and edit... then save them back to PDF to email... whenever possible.
We use efax as well - great 🙂
Alas, some businesses on the island are still using last century technology. I prefer to use e-mail but some businesses (and government) insist on faxes. A good example is the VI Dept. of Labor. I can submit a required accident report online. However, there's another report summarizing payroll dollars and hours that needs to be faxed. Not to mention all the forms that need to be filled out by hand, signed, and faxed to local vendors.
I'm convinced that last working fax machine in the US will be on STX.
BTW -- I'm old enough to remember the era before the fax machines. Exxon had a technology call Quip. You rolled up a document on a cylinder, it spun around, and was electronically transmitted to another Quip machine.
It boggles my mind that fax still exists. That technology should have died along with floppy disks!
Remember the 1989 movie "Back to the Future Part II"? In a scene from 2015, Marty's future boss yells, "Read my fax!" and a fax comes out saying "YOU'RE FIRED!" Back in 1989, fax was the most cutting edge technology they could portray. Sadly, it will really still be around in 2015.
It boggles my mind that fax still exists. That technology should have died along with floppy disks!.
I thought it would have died with the death of the dial up modem. But, I think what keeps it alive is the idea that it's tougher to hack a POTS line than email traffic. I'd still rather fax any doc that has my SSN, rather than email it without some form of encryption (and I wouldn't use the emailfax service for SSN info either).
We remember when faxes came to stx..it was like an awakening...previously, mail was the only option. At the time though, there were few available telephone lines/numbers, and some had to wait as much as a year for an additional phone line to use for dedicated faxes. In some areas of the island, even for a personal home phone line, you had to wait until someone cancelled a phone (moving usually) before you could get a line.
Several years ago i was chatting wi. an older man at my gallery. He told me he was hired by Xerox (?) long ago to head up their (then) new fax division.
He was having trouble selling fax machines. .... The first buyer would have no one to fax to.
Then he got a call from a bookie who had heard about the technology figured out that faxing his #'s would be thee perfect work around police wire taps.
After the bookmakers adopted faxing, the rest is history according to him.