How to Fax Without a Phone Line
Need to send a fax right away? Here are some tips to send a fax without the fax machine. You can do it from your smartphone or your computer.
Things You'll Need
- Scanner (optional)
- Internet access
- Email account
The days of needing a fax machine, or even a dedicated landline, are pretty much at an end. If you need to send something to someone who still uses a fax machine, there are several options. You can fax from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection and a app such as FaxBurner, iFax, eFax, and FaxFile. Additionally, you can fax from your computer through faxing websites like HelloFax and FaxZero.
If you're not looking for a permanent fax number, FaxBurner is a good choice, offering 24-hour access and reception of up to 25 faxes each month, but you are limited to five sent faxes per month, unless you upgrade to premium services, which at the time of publication, range from $10 to $20 per month. FaxBurner is only available for the iPhone or iPad.
IFax offers customizable fax and cover page templates with the ability to add a business logo or a signature. The app gives you the choice between using a local or toll free fax number. You can sign documents directly inside the app, and it includes Dropbox and Box integration to access your files stored in the cloud. iFax is available on iOS and Android devices.
What distinguishes eFax is the option to add notes to your fax and the ability to collaborate on a document. You also can add a signature. You are assigned a fax number, but when your receive a fax at that number, it arrives as an email attachment. An eFax Plus membership is $17 per month, at the time of publication, and eFax Pro $20.
FaxFile has no account set-ups to use the app. You can fax PDFs, JPGs, and PNG files. However, you are required to purchase some “fax credits” (through the Apple app store) to get started. The app is available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. No monthly subscription fees are required.
Faxing From Your Computer
The website HelloFax offers five free faxes per month. Receiving faxes is reserved for paid accounts, which start at $10 per month. FaxZero is a free service that allows you to send up to three pages maximum and five free faxes per day from your computer. Beyond that, at the time of publication, you pay $1 per fax for up to 10 pages. Supported files include PDFs or Word docs, as well as multiple attachment files.