Email Fax Services on the Go with Smartphone Apps
Faxing no longer means buying a traditional fax machine. Though it was very useful when it was introduced, traditional faxing now feels slow and old. The Internet has brought a new speed in communications, and now we can enjoy a mix of faxing with Internet speed thanks to email fax technology and fax services.
Email fax services allow you to use your email address to send and receive fax in a digital format, while retaining 100% compatibility with fax machines (which are still used by many companies). Faxes are sent in a similar way email messages are sent and you receive them in the form of email attachments straight in your inbox thanks to a virtual fax number that is provided to you when you open an account with a service. This technology allows you to receive and send fax from Gmail or any other free provider.
This new technology is also portable. At first this meant that you could fax anywhere using just your laptop and an Internet connection, but offers have gotten more interesting with the introduction of smartphone technology. Nowadays you can basically turn your smartphone into a mini electronic fax machine thanks to the development of apps to fax from iPhone as well as Android and Blackberry devices. Let’s take a look at the current mobile fax options.
Mobile Fax Services
Ringcentral Fax. RingCentral offers a cool plan called “RingCentral Mobile”, which makes full use of their app. Besides faxing you also get VoIP and can even redirect your current number for convenience. Of course, you can also opt to just use the fax features with a common faxing plan. RingCentral offers packages for different fax volumes.
MyFax. This is another excellent fax service which offers an app to receive fax in all smartphones. This app is very easy to use and has all the basic capabilities to keep your incoming faxes organized. Additionally, Myfax is one of the fax service providers that offers international fax at no extra cost.
eFax. This company offers perhaps the most interesting iPhone fax app currently available on the App store. It doesn’t only allow you to receive faxes, but it also takes advantage of the phone’s built-in camera to take pictures of documents and send them!
All of these options are available to download for free in your smartphone, but they only work if you have an existing fax account with these companies. Luckily you can start out for free, given that all of them offer 30 day free trials with all features enabled.