5 Free Online Services to Send an Email to a Fax Machine

bigfax   5 Free Online Services to Send an Email to a Fax MachineSending faxes isn’t the kind of thing that most people do very often, unless you work in a field that requires the frequent exchange of documents, like real estate and insurance for example. However, there are those times when you really just need to send a document via fax, and may not have easy access to a fax machine.

Thankfully, even though the landscape of the Internet has changed quite a bit, and it’s not so easy to find free online services anymore, you actually can still find some great online tools that allow you to send an email to a fax machine for free. Some of the services that allow this have shut down their websites, but others remain in service even today.

We’ve covered a number of great free fax services here at MakeUseOf. For example, Aibek explained how to send faxes via Skype, and Stefan describe ways you can actually scan and send documents to fax right on the Internet. Angela even wrote about how to send faxes for free from your Android phone!

In my list of free email-to-fax services listed below, the only requirement that I set when I went out in search for these free services is that there could not be any hidden fees or charges, and the free service would not be a “trial offer”, where you can only send a few free faxes before having to sign up for a paid account. Nope – these are all 100% free, and you can start using them to send email to a fax machine right now.

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So, you’re in a crunch and you really need to fire off a quick text document to a fax number. In this article, I’m going to cover 5 free services that let you send an email to a fax machine. Without any registration of any kind, you can simply visit the website, upload the file that you want to fax, type in the fax number and fire it off. The service simply faxes your document to the recipient you entered. Sound to good to be true? Well, it’s not. It is paid for by ad revenue on both the website and by placing ads on the cover page of your fax as well.

GotFreeFax.com

Using GotFreeFax is about as easy as it gets. Just enter your information as the sender, enter your recipient’s information and Fax number, and then either upload a PDF or DOC file, or paste your email (which can even include formatting) into the rich text box.

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There’s even the option to maintain an Ad-Free cover page. GotFreeFax is one of the few free services that allows this option. The only limitations are that your faxes can’t be more than 3 pages, and you can only send 2 free faxes per day. For the casual user, this free service is perfect.

FaxZero

FaxZero is, as the name implies, a zero-cost solution to send a fax from what is essentially an online email, where you can type the sender, recipient, and the text message into the text box – or you can attach a document. It’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to send an email to a fax machine.

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The free version of this online app does insert an ad onto the cover page, but you’re allowed 3 pages plus the cover, and you can send up to 5 free faxes a day, which isn’t too bad. For a $1.99 fee, you can send up to 15 pages per document without any ad on the cover sheet. Unfortunately, this service as well as GotFreeFax only works to send faxes in the U.S. and Canada.

FaxOrama.com

What is interesting is how many free faxing services tend to use the same structured deal. FaxOrama, just like the previous services mentioned in this article, also offers the same options, but with different limits. In this case, you can fax a maximum of 5 pages, a max of 2 times a day. There’s no ad on the cover page.

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Put together your own message with sender and receiver, and attach the text message as a text file, or you can actually send any file format you want, like a PDF, DOC or even a straight image file like a JPG or a BMP. Like the others, this is a 100% free way to send an email to a Fax machine, albeit through a web-based front-end. You can simply type up your email message, save it as a text or document file, and fax it over immediately via FaxOrama.

MyFax

An interesting service with a slightly different setup than the other three email-to-fax services mentioned above is MyFax. The free service is sort of an advertisement page to get people to sign up for its premium service where there are no fax-send limits and where you can receive faxes as well. However, the free service itself isn’t that shabby, especially if you don’t send faxes all that often.

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The only limits with this service are that you can only send 2 faxes every 24 hours. It isn’t clear how many pages you can send per fax, or whether there will be an ad cover page, so it’s probably safe to assume that there will be, until you give it a test run. If you’re just looking for a quick way to send an email to fax, just enter the to and from fields, type your message, and then just click “Send Fax” – it doesn’t get much easier than that.

TopFreeFax

The final message-to-fax service that I’d like to cover here is called TopFreeFax.com, and I’ve actually seen the same service show up under several other similar domains as well. The bottom line is that the company is trying to sell you a fax-number service for a certain monthly payment. The free fax page is your standard advertising gimmick, but it’s also a gimmick that will let you send out a free fax – that’s the bottom line.

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Like the other services, you just enter in the sender and recipient info, write up the text message you’d like to send, fill out the security code and then click “Send This Fax”. That’s it.

It’s actually kind of impressive when you think about it. Just going to a web page, and not even having to log in to any account, you can type up a message and send it to any fax at all. The only limitations are what country you want to send to, and how many times a day you can do it. But when you think about it, the ability to digitally send a message on the Internet directly to a fax machine is kinda cool – and it really can come in handy when you’re in a real pinch and have to send someone a quick fax and don’t have access to a fax machine. These free services can really be a life saver.

Do you know of any other free and useful online tools that you can use to send or receive a fax? Share your own resources in the comments section below.

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Nick B.

TPC FAX has been around for many years (the web page was last updated in 1999). Wish I could have remembered it last week when I got asked by Air France to send a fax with details of my lost luggage contents.

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Ryan Dube

TPC Fax is such a cool concept – fire off an email to a specific address and it magically transforms into a FAX!

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Mulder

Did you personally test all of these services yourself? I’ve never been able to use TPC Fax to send anything, as it fails each and every time, even in the U.S. where they say they have fax servers located.

I even called the domain registrant and he wouldn’t even admit to knowing anything about the site at all, even though he’s always been listed as the Admin and Technical contact for it. I’d say it’s a shady, unreliable service, and that’s being charitable.

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Christine

I have just tried the email to fax machine service from TPC, to US without any success…(+ limited cover outside US)

I’m in Italy, on http://drop.io/fax, it says “To send a fax from your drop to a recipient (premium drops only)”… so that would be for paid subscribers, no ?
Popfax is not a free service, at least not from here as far as I can see.

For my very limited fax needs, I use messagenet.com. I can receive faxes on my private freefax number for free (max 3 a month with new numbers) I must pay to send faxes.

Christine

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Ryan Dube

Hey Mulder – FaxZero and of course Drop.io, the others I based upon the appeal of the site/service…however based on other comments I wish I’d tried those too! Christine, Drop.io si free to receive faxes as I outlined in the post, you can’t send a fax without Premium.

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Sotiris Z

Are you sure popfax is free?
Thanks for article anyway,didn’t know about these services at all.

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khalid bendouri

this one for me

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Joey Buddha

Drop.io continues to rock my world with their diverse functionality combined with the simplicity factor, plus it’s free!

There’s not much more to say…Drop.io does all of the talking!

Great article! Thanks for the tips!

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jayton420

I have always used fax1.com for sending faxes. It is not free (12 cents per page), but it is about as good as it gets for sending faxes online. You can send by email, web-to-fax, or their printer driver. I have been using them for almost 6 years now. You can also blast faxes to multiple numbers all at once.

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peter eliot

i tried popfax from denmark. i sent the same fax two times, but was not able to get any information of what happened to it.

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Computer Monkey

I like your list of fax services. I use efax (the free version) for getting faxes and box.net for sending. You can send virtually anything through box.net. It’s free, too. You just have to poke around a little in the settings and apps to find the efax send capability.

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andy

RE: EFAX.
I had a terrible experience with efax.co.uk in England and they conned me out of 1 month subscription, even though I cancelled before the end. (they offered me 2 months extra free when I was going to cancel…….)
They still took the money and “charley” the ultimately useless, customer support rep could only blah blah blah, I have told US head office etc..

Fortunately, it was only 1 month, but their stonewall efforts were legendary and halifax my bank did nothing to protect me but issue a request to them to pay me back, which surprisingly they ignored……

I can’t speak for the other fax co’s that take card details, unfortunately.

Thanks for this article, I think it will come in handy.

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كوت الكويت

Popfax seems to have a free trial but not exactly free ( from UK )

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Bruce

http://voicemail.k7.net/signup/

Try k7.net
You get a free number that people can send faxes to you and you get them in your email inbox as a .pdf file.
And it is 100% free. You can also use the number for voicemail as well.

BK

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James

Here is my free fax solution:

http://www.gotfreefax.com for sending. It is the only free fax service that does not added ads to your faxes

http://www.k7.net for receiving. Make sure you send a fax or just call your k7 number once a month to keep it activated.

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Bruce

Thanks James,

I forgot to mention to call it at leasy once every 30 days so they won’t recycle your number for non use.

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internet fax service uk

Interenet faxing is the trend today. The most important thing then is to hire a service provider that will understand your faxing needs. Inorder to get the perfect one, you can visit online reviews so that you can compare the pricing plans and features of different providers.

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Stephen

I use Faxaway.com My inbound faxes are free and outbound email-to-fax is reasonably priced.

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Sol

What does it show in the Caller ID for these services?

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Ryan Dube

Hi Sol – great question, I’m actually not sure. I’m assuming the services need to have a registered number to send out the faxes so that would be the number that shows up, but maybe someone else knows exactly how that works.

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Ryan Dube

That’s right Sachin – thank you for the clarification – it is in fact a free trial.