Free Faxing Services on the Web
By Leslie Walker
Here is a partial list of companies offering facsimile services that use the Internet to send or receive faxes:
Receive Faxes for Free
Efax.com offers free phone numbers that forward incoming faxes to any e-mail address you choose. The numbers are not necessarily in the state where you live, and the sender of faxes pays toll charges. The free service is funded partly by advertising, which appears on the image of an envelope that pops up for about six seconds when you first call up a fax. In May, Efax.com will roll out a two other premium services such as sending faxes from a Web browser and converting faxes into word processing documents. The company also makes facsimile hardware, including a Hewlett-Packard machine that has the capability of faxing directly to e-mail accounts.
This Web sites offers a simple form for composing a fax or adding a document that you have already created and e-mailing for free to any fax machine in the United States. The faxes carry advertising in the margins. You can add multiple recipients for each message, allowing you to "broadcast" fax to e-mail addresses. A premium service to send faxes abroad is coming soon. SwissClick: www.hotcorp.com/swissclick. HotCorp.'s SwissClick service allows you to send a free fax (up to 25 lines) directly from your Web browser to any fax machine in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. You can only send to three e-mail addresses at the same time. The fax images carry limited advertising.
One of the tiniest startups, this company has been running some of its services in "beta" with only five employees. It plans a full launch of its services in June. Chief executive Nader Rahimizad said Telebot quietly launched a free Web fax service last August. Now, in addition to offering free phone numbers for receiving faxes, Telebot is advertising an offer of no-cost , personal 800 toll-free numbers that it claims will convert up to five voice mail messages to .wav sound files and transmit them to your e-mail address. Rahimizad declined to say how many subscribers Telebot has, but said, "It's gone way beyond our expectations." The site is confusing, and I couldn't find the free form for sending faxes.
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