Free Internet Faxing Services

Category: Fax

Why use an expensive and complicated fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. Here's a roundup of free Internet fax services...

Free Internet Fax Services: No Fax Machine Required!

Dump your fax machine, the Internet has made this dinosaur obsolete. Think of the savings on toner, paper, and time when all you really need these days is a cell phone, PDA, or PC. I have a big list of sites for you that offer free Internet faxing services. Some of them are completely free, while others offer free or limited trials. Pick the online fax service that suits you best...

FaxZero lets you send free faxes from a simple web-based interface. Just enter the sender and recipient info, type in your message, and hit the "Send Free Fax Now" button. The rich-text editor lets you add basic formatting, highlighting and fonts to your text. You can also fax a file from your hard drive. Supported file formats include PDF, Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX or RTF), Excel spreadsheet (XLS or XLSX), image files (PNG or JPG), TXT, HTML, and Powerpoint (PPT). You can attach multiple files, but the combined size of all attachments must be 20MB or less.

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And yes, it's really free to send a fax to anywhere in the USA or Canada. You can send five free faxes per day, each with a maximum of three pages. No ads are inserted on your faxed pages, but the FaxZero logo will appear on the cover page of your outgoing fax. You can even use FaxZero to fax your U.S. congressperson or senator. I've written more about FaxZero in my Send a Free Fax article.


GotFreeFax is basically a clone of FaxZero, with some minor differences. You can send 2 free faxes daily to the USA or Canada, with a 3 page per fax maximum. No ads or branding appear on the cover page. GotFreeFax supports PDF, Microsoft Word, OpenDocument Text (.odt), and Rich Text (.rtf) file formats only. One unique feature is the ability to substitute tokens in the message, such as {RECEIVER_NAME}, {RECEIVER_COMPANY}, and {RECEIVER_FAX}.


PamFax is another free faxing service that offers 3 free outgoing pages (after signup) with no ads. You can also get a free fax number for inbound faxes. PamFax has an address book for convenience, integrates with Outlook, and works with popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive.


PopFax is yet another free fax sending service. Like the others, you can input a brief text message, or upload a document from your hard drive. But I can't recommend PopFax for several reasons. In the Terms of Use on their website, it says that PopFax does not guarantee "the possible alteration of the data sent by the User nor the service availability." It also says they are not liable for damage "following to an alteration of the User data transfer." This could be badly translated legal mumbo-jumbo, but yikes! Also my Chrome browser crashed when trying to send a DOC file with PopFax. On another attempt, it said my fax number was "invalid." After sending a test fax to another number, it never arrived. Of course, your mileage may vary, but with so many other choices, I'd steer clear of PopFax.


Sign up with K7, a messaging system that will send free faxes and voicemail to your email address, with an option to view or listen to your messages via the web. You get a free fax/voicemail number which you can give to your family, friends, and business buds. Just sit back and wait for the faxes to start dropping into your inbox as email attachments. If a K7 number is inactive for 30 days (no incoming voice or fax messages), it will be terminated. K7 cannot be used to send outgoing faxes. My companion article Free Inbound Faxing goes into more detail about Faxaway, an almost-free service that forwards incoming faxes to your email.


eFax claims that they are the largest online network on the planet with over a million subscribers in 2,500 cities and 27 countries. Also known as Zipfax, you can send and receive faxes as email attachments. You simply use the recipient's fax number and eFax's address. The 30-day freebie allows you to send or receive up to 150 pages. If you don't cancel during the initial month, you will be charged $16.95 per month. See also Free Inbound Faxing for more details on eFax Limited Accounts, a free service that forwards incoming faxes to your email.


Nextiva Fax offers a 30-day free trial, including 500 free faxes. Send a fax by email, or send and receive faxes from Microsoft applications. Instead of hitting the print button, simply select "fax" right from Word, Excel, etc. Nextiva also lets you send and receive faxes from mobile devices. After the trial period, you'll be $8.95 per month, unless you cancel.


RingCentral is designed for small businesses, not only can you receive and send faxes via email, they can supply you with toll-free fax numbers, custom greetings, an auto-receptionist, voicemail, and multiple extensions. The company offers a 7-day free trial, during which you get 500 free fax pages. After the trial period, you'll be $7.99 per month, unless you cancel.


I couldn't find a smarphone app that sends free faxes. There's an app called scanR that's supposed to do that, but apparently it's defunct. CamScanner is a free app that turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into a scanner, fax machine and PDF creator. Take a picture of a document, receipt, business card, etc. CamScanner turns it into a searchable PDF that you can fax, print or upload to various cloud storage services. Faxing costs 99 cents per page.

If you have trouble with one of the above services, or you know of a new one, please let me know. Have you used a free Internet faxing service? Which one do you like best? Post a comment with your opinion, or suggest an addition to this list...

 
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Most recent comments on "Free Internet Faxing Services"

Posted by:

ManoaHi
22 Feb 2013

I'm really wondering with the advent (ok, not that new) of eInk and the like, why do people send/receive faxes. Why not scan and send via email or share from a cloud drive. Email is considered a legal document just as much as a fax. The most common thing I've seen is where someone else inadvertently takes your fax, it turn out between another person's two faxes.


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mark79
22 Feb 2013

You still have to scan a paper document before you can fax it, which the old dinosaurs do. Once you have a file in digital format, you may as well just send it to the recipient as an email attachment vs messing around with an internet faxing service.


Posted by:

Gina
24 Feb 2013

I have proposals and documents that must be electronically signed, email services often reformat a document unless it's in pdf.

This article offered fax service options that may work better than the online fax service I'm currently using. Thanks


Posted by:

IJor
26 Feb 2013

I was also using Fax Machines before until i signed with Popfax, and now i would never go back to the fax machines, it is a waste of paper, ink, etc.


Posted by:

John Rymell
02 Apr 2013

There's also freepopfax.com...

EDITOR'S NOTE: I mentioned that in my article. Could not give it a favorable recommendation.


Posted by:

Joseph Fischer
09 Apr 2013

For some situations, a FAX is considered a legal document, while an email is not. My insurance company just required me to FAX them a document.

In the medical field, FAXes are considered to be secure and private, while emails are assumed to be insecure. Ironically, anyone can walk by the FAX machine and pick up your "confidential" document. But medical HIPPA regulations require FAXes, not emails!


Posted by:

Anthony
28 Apr 2013

There are more options to send a fax for free that don't require signing up for some 'free trial'. You should check out the following article Top 7 Free Fax Services Comparison of 2013


Posted by:

Dave
08 Jun 2013

Another free fax service is FaxRiot it allows you to send a free fax with no signup or payment. I haven't seen any catch very simple service it just does what it advertises.

faxriot.com


Posted by:

Renaud Olgiati
19 Jun 2013

I'm surprised no-one mentionned the possibility of getting a cheap USB modem (like http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BU8O9Y) and using a free program like efax for Linux (there must be similar programs for Windows) that send .pdf files as fax.


Posted by:

Donna Crane
13 Aug 2013

NumbersUSA seems to be a strictly right-wing political, anti-immigration site. Hardly a place to go to send a note to your representative unless you are strictly anti-immigration reform or oppose the Dream Act. I do not see anything on there that lets you address any other issues than this particular issue. Maybe I missed something, but since the owner of the site states he is anti-immigration reform, I suspect my analysis is correct.


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