Friday, April 23, 2010

Setting-Up Your First Online Fax Service

Using the fax machine is proven to be more expensive because of the extra costs it entails for the additional phone line subscription and consumption of electricity. Aside from that, a fax machine also requires paper, ink and maintenance costs. 

An online fax service on the other hand is the modern and economical alternative for an aging fax machine. This technology uses the information highway in sending and receiving of facsimiles at no additional costs.

Because of numerous benefits it can give to the users, more providers are now offering it as a free or paid service. The process of setting up the fax over the internet service involves the following:
  1. Depending on the provider, a web-based email account may or may not be required. An online account or software that can integrate with other applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) may already be provided which in turn can be used for sending/receiving of faxes.
  2. Sign-up with chosen service providers, free or paid. Free service providers usually have limited offerings such as no customer support, lesser features and sending of faxes only. While the paid service providers offer the best and may even have a free trial or a money-back guarantee.
  3. Once subscribed, and depending on the provider, the faxing service may or may not be activated immediately.
An internet fax service is also available to those who acquire 800 services. These toll free numbers are equipped with a full featured virtual PBX package that is very suitable to businesses longing to improve their customer service.

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