Technology is constantly evolving. Phones, computers, televisions, etc. have all undergone major technological advancements over the past couple of decades. Likewise, the days of the bulky fax machine, audible dial tone, and annoying connection sound are all but over. Indeed, faxing can now be done over the internet via online fax.
What is online faxing?
We all know how a traditional fax machine works. The user places pages face down and dials a phone number to connect to another fax machine. Once connected to its recipient, the fax machine scans the contents and prints them out onto paper. Online faxing represents a technological advancement by utilizing an internet connection in favor of a phone line to complete a transmission.
One way to fax online is through email fax services. These subscription-based companies send faxes straight into your e-mail and allows you to send faxes directly to other e-mail accounts as well. Email fax services also provide tools to manage faxes received and sent as well as capacity to store faxes. Methods for online faxing include computers, an iPad, as well as smart phones.
How do you Fax Online?
The only way to fax online is to start an account with an online faxing service company. There are various providers of online faxing services, and it’s important that you choose the provider that best suits your needs. Once you have established an account with a supplier, you will begin using whether a web-based e-mail system, an interface supplied by your faxing provider, or a desktop application provided by your online faxing company.
Faxes transmitted online leaves a clear footprint that’s traced either by the user or service provider. No longer does the sender need to worry if their paper fax was appropriately collected on the other end. Faxes transmitted through a provider’s interface or web-based e-mail system come with delivery confirmation and storage back-up to make sure nothing is lost in transmission.
What are the Advantages of Online Faxing?
First and foremost, online faxing saves a lot of trees. Indeed, the need for reams of paper no longer exists when faxes appear in your e-mail. Online faxing is also very cost-effective. For instance, nearly all online faxing providers charge less than ten dollars a month. Add this to the cost of your internet connection, which you likely would pay anyway, and it still comes out to less money than expensive printer ink cartridges and constant replacement of the fax-machine paper supply.
Online faxing is also more efficient than traditional faxing. You don’t have to worry about the office fax machine being occupied or not working. You can even receive alerts on your phone or e-mail to let you know you have a fax waiting.