Free Faxing? Not Really–But “Try It Free” Followed by “Low Fee”–Yes!

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

"Faxed" stampEven though most of us send and receive documents as email attachments, there are times   when a fax is necessary.  Unless you have a fax machine gathering dust in the corner, you might  think you’ll need to drive to the nearest office services firm.

Not so fast!  There are many online fax service options (also called email fax, internet fax, and digital fax).  Most offer a free trial followed by a reasonably low monthly fee, assuming you expect to be faxing documents somewhat regularly. Luckily there are also some review sites to help you compare features.

FaxCompare is one.  It provides an “apples to apples” comparison of six of what it deems “top providers of online fax services” for easy review, and links to reviews of almost 20 other services, providing information about standard features, costs, and services.

TopTenReviews is another. It compares eighteen online fax services, similarly comparing features, ease of use, customer service, and price and extra costs.

When comparing services, it’s important to identify your faxing needs and practices.  Do you need to receive faxes more than you need to send them?  Or vice versa?  Do you more often need to send faxes locally or long distance?  What size files do you typically expect to send or receive?  How many faxes?  Your answers to these questions will help you find the best fax services for your needs.

So, beyond a free trial period faxing might not be free, but costs are low, especially compared to a dedicated fax line or a gasoline- and time-guzzling trip to the “fax store”.