Internet Fax Provider Comparison
In the ‘old days’, sending faxes or receiving faxes meant desktop sized clunky machines that smelled of burning ink and sounded like a printing press. Today, internet faxing (also referred to as online fax service, email fax service, online faxing or efax), is becoming more and more main stream as companies look to cut costs and become more eco-friendly. Typically costing a fraction of the price of traditional fax methods, internet faxing is just too good a deal for most to pass up. Best of all, it’s secure.
Why Choose Internet Faxing
Setting aside cost factors for a moment, internet faxing means no more having to deal with paper. Faxes arrive just like an email allowing you to view and store your faxes without having to kill any trees. No more having to deal with paper jams, toner cartridges, busy signals or additional wires running to more machines which take up more space on the desk. Since internet faxing means being able to send and receive faxes from your email account, efaxes are mobile. Send faxes and receives faxes from anywhere and on any device able to access your email.
Referring back to the cost, there’s just no comparison. Internet faxing is literally so cost effective that any business, no matter how small, can now afford to send and receive faxes just about anywhere in the world. Let’s take a look at a couple of the more well known providers and their basic or introductory offers (in alphabetical order).
Owned by j2 Global Communications, eFax provides a 30 day trial for new customers during which you can send up to 100 outbound and receive up to 200 inbound fax pages. After the trial period, the monthly fee is $12.49 includes a fax number and up to 200 inbound faxes pages. Sending outbound faxes will cost $0.13 per page for faxes taking less than 60 seconds to complete. eFax offers service in multiple languages and currencies, offers service in 46 countries and boasts 11 million customers.
FaxAge, owned by EC Data Systems Inc is an 8-year old company offering internet fax service in Canada and The United States. FaxAge has no displayed discount offer for new customers but does boast 10 different plans designed to suit businesses of all sizes. FaxAge’s ‘Professional’ plan costs $7.95 per month and includes 150 inbound and 150 outbound fax pages. There is a one-time setup fee of $5.00 and a fax number will cost $8.49 a month.
First launched in 1997, myfax is owned by Protus IP Solutions and offers global faxing solutions. New customers will enjoy a 30-day trial period that includes 200 inbound and 100 outbound faxes and the ability to share a single fax number with up to 5 email addresses. Myfax offers 3 prices plans for personal and small business as well as customized discounted plans to large corporations. At only $10 per month (or $110/year), their basic plan includes all feature included in the trial offer plus a fax number, free setup and 1-year of online fax storage.
Owned by Rapid On Call Inc, RapidFax is geared to offer the best dollar value to American customers. A 30-day trial offer includes all the features that their only listed price plan includes; 300 inbound or outbound fax pages (available to only USA clients). There is no setup fee, includes a fax number and costs $9.95 per month.
Offering service in Canada, United Kingdome and The United States, new customers can take advantage of a 30-day trial offer within all 3 of their price plans. Their basic plan costs $7.99 a month (or $6.39/month when committing to 1-year of service), includes a fax number and 300 total inbound or outbound fax pages. There is no setup fee and RingCentral is currently offering a 20% discount on their basic Fax300 plan.
There are of course many more internet fax providers out there, though we simply cannot list them all. Hopefully there is enough basic information provided within this article to point you in the right direction towards finding an internet fax provider which suits your needs. Keep in mind that the cheapest price isn’t always the best deciding factor. Consider what your present and future needs will be, then ask questions and get straight answers. The last thing you would want is to find out your internet fax provider isn’t right for you, but that you’ve committed to a 1-year contract.