Saturday, March 14, 2009

How to Fax Online

By Linda Jenkins

The number of people who are questioning whether they can use online fax is increasing. The ease of faxing online versus an actual fax machine is so much easier. It does not matter what computer you use or where it is - faxes can be sent and received.

It is very easy to send and receive faxes online. All it takes is 4 steps as follows:

The first step is to find the right fax service for your needs. Check them out to make sure they are a trustworthy company that has been in business for a few years. Read reviews from customers and make sure their site is business-like. Then you can sign up with their fax service.

Check for fax numbers in your locale. The price needs to be right as well as the services they provide for the monthly fee. Many companies have a period of time that you can try out their services for free. Another thing to check on is the number of faxes that are included in your monthly fee and if you exceed the limit what the extra cost will be.

Your next step is finding a locale and a number for your fax. Many have numbers that are free toll calls. If not, you will have to choose an area code. There are some companies that will allow you to choose your own number (one that is meaningful to you) for a charge. This is just an option and if you prefer to choose a number from the choices you are given it will do the same thing. When receiving a fax it will come to the number you choose and into your inbox in your email. Then do whatever you want to do with it. Add to that the faxes you send will show this number as the sending number.

The third step is to sign up with your information. This is usually straight forward. Just enter your details as they are requested in the form, and you will receive an account for faxing online.

That's it. You are all set up and you can start sending and receiving faxes by email right away. You will now receive your faxes in your inbox. You can also send faxes from your email. You will be sent exact instructions by the provider you chose explaining how to fax online. Remember - it's just like sending an email with an attachment. So if you can send an email you also know how to fax online.

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