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.

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.

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 smartphone app that sends free faxes. There are lots of fax apps in the Google Play store, but all of the ones I checked out either charge a fee, or just don't work reliably. 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"

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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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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.

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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:

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

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:

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

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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.

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Renaud Olgiati
19 Jun 2013

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

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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.

Posted by:

Kenneth Bush
08 May 2014

One reason why FAXing still is used is that it is considered to be a secure way to send confidential information, such as patient medical information. E-mail is not secure, so FAXing will be with us for awhile.

A search for free FAX services turns up one called It verifies the sender's identity by an SMS text message. I have tried numerous times, but have never received the text. Since my cell phone provider is not one of the big names, it is possible that large, country-wide providers like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon (alphabetical order)are the only ones which receive the text messages. A request for tech support resulted in a response totally unrelated to the problem.

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Joe Busfield
15 Jun 2014

So you can sign up for a $10 - 17 per month service to avoid the cost of a $39 machine. Makes little sense, Until prices get reasonable without goofy limitations (e.g. 3 pages), say $.01 or $.02 per page, silly exercise.

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02 Aug 2014

PamFax: Free fax number is for 30 days only with the free "On Demand" plan. It is free with their paid plans.

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09 Jan 2015

My concern is free fax services can sometimes be quite limiting in terms of flexibly. If I sign up to a subscription-based service like they are secure as well as flexible and they are HIPAA compliant meaning they provide extra levels of security which you can't necessarily guarantee with free services.

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Doris Lewis
04 Jun 2015

I use a paid fax to email service, because I'm more secure that my fax will reach its destination. I think has a good prices and I pay only for faxes that I send, I receive unlimited free faxes!

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18 Nov 2015

popfax now redirects to i guess they were bought out. pls update. thx

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03 Mar 2016

I think Voxox is a more of a smartphone faxing solution but I've only used it once & is very buggy but perhaps they will improve

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26 Dec 2016

It is interesting post.internet fax service is one of the biggest way to send or receive fax online.Exactly it's work is secure and reliable with so many advantages.

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Interested Reader
31 May 2017

Why faxing is so important to keep running:
Use of faxes assumes a couple of things:
- people don't have an email address
- people do not have a printer/scanner/fax at home
- people do not have an internet connection
- people have only a landline or people have no landline
- people have no access to cell service (can't text)

The nice thing about a public library receiving faxes through their email is they can receive faxes for clients of the library, call them to pick them up, and file them securely until they do pick it up. No fax should come onto the machine at the library for people to see, and the same likely goes for medical offices. I doubt very much if a fax is spitting out documents today in an office - I assume that they are ALL by now, controlled by email from the doctor's office.

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Barry Solotki
18 Oct 2021

eFax is a joke. Free trial they say, I tried a local fax and they said that the fax sent was $10.00 activation fee after it was sent. So people beware FREE is not always free.

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