How To Scan and Fax Documents Online for Free

Stefan Neagu 18-04-2009

Popular in the 1980’s, faxes are still around in many organizations and are the fastest and most reliable way to communicate via physical media. To give an example, PayPal requires you to verify your identity by sending a fax with copies of bank statement and government ID if it can’t process your card automatically.


In these kinds of situations, sending a fax for free as quickly as possible would certainly be useful. In this article, we’re taking a look at 4 websites that let you send fax online and come with a free or trial version.

1. faxZERO

The first one on our list is faxZERO. faxZERO allows you to send two free faxes a day, to the United States or Canada, as long as they don’t contain more than three pages each. Plus there is an ad on the cover page. Out of all the services we tested, faxZERO is the easiest to use and the only one that didn’t require creating an account.

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faxZERO also has a premium service that charges 1.99$ for each fax and limits the number of pages per fax at fifteen. If you need to send more than two faxes a day and you don’t want to pay for the premium service, you could consider deleting your browser cache and cookies and using another IP address, either through the TOR network, proxies or simply by resetting your router.

2. Qipit

Qipit is a more comprehensive service when compared to faxZERO. Instead of being just an online faxing service, Qipit helps you upload photos of documents, business cards or receipts from a mobile phone or digital camera, and improves the image quality through a patented technology called Realeyes3D. Next images can be emailed or faxed.


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The images you upload are stored online on Qipit’s servers and are also accessible online via the website.

You can upload photos via MMS, email or directly from your computer using the web interface.



Once your document is on Qipit, you can choose to either view a PDF version of it, email the document or fax it. Qipit’s image optimization technology proved to be quite powerful. I never expected that a photo taken with a mobile phone camera could actually be put to use.

The great thing about Qipit is that it’s free:

Qipit is a free service; this includes sending domestic and international faxes. The costs that you have to bare are related to what your wireless carrier charges you if you are using Qipit with your mobile device. —Qipit FAQ.

3. ScanR

ScanR, a service similar to Qipit. The trial subscription gives you only one upload and fax, but the premium account is only 4,99$/month or 29,99$/year. ScanR features OCR (optical character recognition), a slightly better designed interface and sharing capability.



An interesting quote from their help pages suggest that some fax numbers are restricted:

scanR currently sends fax to most phone numbers in East Asia, North America and Western Europe. scanR may block certain premium phone numbers and countries[“¦] ““ScanR Help

You get the same uploading capabilities, via email, MMS or web interface.

Another cool feature of Scanr is that you can use is to convert document pictures that were obtained using you cell phone camera to a properly formatted document. Very useful for things like page captures from library books and lecture notes.

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Another faxing service is eFax. With eFax, you can also receive faxes, but unfortunately it requires you sign up for a 30 day trial using a credit card.

Know about other free tool to send fax online? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Digital Camera, Digital Document, Education Technology, Fax, Scanner.

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  1. Vick
    March 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I will recommend They have free unlimited fax receive and good prices for fax sending!

  2. judy setla
    December 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Qipit's website says they have stopped it's mobile photo faxing service as of Dec 2009 and are concentrating on developing apps for smart phones.

  3. Koby
    November 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Although most of the services are based on monthly subscriptions, compares ( internet fax providers in a nice, easy to compare manner.

    For other free services, check out

  4. Ethan
    July 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm is another website that lets user send online to the US and Canada. User can either upload a PDF/Word file or enter text to fax. Plus, it does not add Ads to the fax, which makes it more suitable for faxing formal documents.

  5. Conrad Hametner
    April 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    A small correction on the name of the technology behind Qipit. Qipit, Inc. is a 100% owned affiliate of Realeye3D, S.A, this is the name of the company, not the technology. The Qipit scanning engine uses the Realeyes3D Visual Cortex and Deblurring technology for a process we call Ink “Extraction”. These are all the algorithms that run in the background to process the images.

  6. Conrad Hametner
    April 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The value Qipit adds is to turn photographs into scan quality images, eliminating the need for a bulky traditional scanner or a land line to use a traditional fax. Qipit runs patented algorithms that take a dark photograph of written or print information and create a crisp clean ink-on-white digital copy. These easy-to-read copies can be printed (using less ink) and shared. You can email it (as a PDF), fax it, publish it online (with a unique URL) or even embed it in your blog. In addition to scanning documents, Qipit is also used to capture whiteboards, flipcharts, expense receipts, you name it and someone is probably using Qipit to copy it.

    This differs from services such as Fax Zero and eFax in they are intended as a fax service. You need a scanner or to create a document (such as Word) on a computer to upload. They have done a very good job of streamlining that process, and they address a different part of the market. Think of Qipit as a free mobile copy, fax and scanning machine in your pocket and eFax and FaxZero as a fax service to use in conjunction with your computer.

  7. Brian H.
    April 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm to receive faxes free. Faxes must be sent with a custom coversheet.

    Everyone needs to send a fax once in a while. It will be nice to use faxZero instead of having to run to the office. :-)

  8. Doc
    April 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

    > 4,99$/month

    The correct US usage is "$4.99/month." Dollar sign first, period as decimal indicator.

  9. Gerry
    April 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Another options is Trust Fax at 30 day free trial and $5/month low price option which meets the need of the infrequent FAX user.