File this under, “Hey! Why can’t I fax for free yet!?!”
Why is that? We can send massive files over email, voice and video chat for free but when you want to send a simple document to an old school company that still only accepts faxes it’s impossible to do for free from my computer.
That’s my dilemma so in my search for some free fax options I came up empty and I’m very disappointed. There are no free fax services (that are ad free & secure) for Outlook or Gmail.
Here is the typical example I was finding: You can get a 30 day free trial of ringcentral fax but after your trial is over the service is $7.99 a month and you get the first 500 pages for free so you really need to be a regular faxer. I rarely send faxes, less than a dozen a year, so this option is definitely not for me. Ringcentral does have a free iPhone app where you can send faxes from your iPhone but you need a mobile account with RingCentral starting at $9.99 a month.
What did I find for myself?
I found FaxFresh in the MAC App store which is a native MAC client. It’s a pay as you go service with no subscription. It’s free to download and very simple to use. Enter the destination fax number, drop or drag the file you are faxing into the dropbox and click the “Pay & Send” button. The app automatically takes you to paypal where you can pay with your paypal account or any major debit/credit card. That’s it. your done!
You even get a confirmation that your fax was received! Your confirmation is sent to the email address of the paypal account you have registered or the email address you submitted on the payment processing form. FreshFax will even redial the fax number you are trying to reach every few minutes if the line is busy.
I also noticed that Freshfax is a service that uses “HTTPS” or encryption on their site as the default option. They also claim to encrypt your documents before they are faxed and that they do not store any faxes on their servers. Definitely a plus!
It’s $1 for the first 4 pages you are faxing. After that it’s $.25 per page. Compare that to taking your faxes down to your local office supply store like Staples or OfficeMax. They charge about $1.25 per page for local faxes. Prices vary depending on the phone number you are faxing to.
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