Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to Send a Fax Over the Internet

With the advent of the Internet has come technology that has made it possible to send and receive faxes over the Internet. This has also resulted in a number of providers who offer this service either free or for a fee.


  1. Sign up for an email fax service such as MyFax, FaxPipe, eFax or TrustFax. These services allow you to send your fax through the Internet and email. This type of fax service provider will integrate with your existing email system and does not require any new software or hardware installation.
    Most email fax services enable you to send faxes in up to 45 document formats. To receive faxes from this service, you can choose to receive them in PDF or TIFF formats, or view them online.   
  2. Select an Internet fax service that lets you send faxes from your desktop, such as ClickFax, RingCentral and Fax1. Rather than send or receive faxes through email or a website, you will install and use an application on a PC.
    Although this PC must be connected to the Internet, a fax modem is not necessary. This type of service will typically be integrated with your Windows applications, such as Outlook, Excel, Access, QuickBooks and Exchange.
  3. The fax is sent through one of your favorite applications, enabling you to send formatted, graphic faxes directly from the application. The faxes that you receive, however, are in the form of an email.   
  4. Set up your iPhone to send faxes through email. You can use Internet fax services such as eFax to send and receive faxes from your iPhone. Once you sign up for the service, you will be able to fax through email. To do this, create the text on your iPhone that you want to fax over the Internet. Save the text and then send it by email by keying in the fax number. You can also receive faxes on your iPhone in the form of PDFs that you can print out.