Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How to Send Faxes for Free Online

With the advent of e-mail and file attachments, faxes have slowly disappeared. But, every so often, you'll come across a government agency, or employer, that requires you to actually fax a document. Sure, you could buy a fax machine for those rare occasions, or head to your local Kinko's or Staples, but those are expensive propositions.

Fortunately, there are several services online that allow you to fax documents and PDFs for cheap, or for free. Both faxZERO and eFax offer straight-up faxing services without bells and whistles. faxZERO will even send faxes for free, just as long as they're under three pages, and just as long as you don't mind an ad on the coversheet, and just as long as you don't want to send more than two in a day (You really do get what you pay for, don't you?).

There are also services like Qipit and ScanR, both of which take cell phone photos of handwritten notes, white boards or documents and turn them into PDFs, which can then be e-mailed, faxed, or shared online. Qipit is completely free, although it does lack one killer feature available in ScanR: optical character recognition (OCR). This feature turns a document's text into searchable data, and can even pull contact information off of a business card. But now we're getting off-topic.

If you only need to send occasional faxes you may want to look into one of these services, all of which cost significantly less than Kinko's and take up a lot less room than a fax machine. [From: MakeUseOf.com, via DownloadSquad, via Switched]

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