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Online Fax Guide & Internet Fax Reviews

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Online Fax Service Comparison

Service

RingCentral

Nextiva

MyFax

eFax

Plan Reviewed

Fax 500

Single User

Best Value

eFax Plus

Outgoing Pages / Month

500

500

100

150

Incoming Pages / Month

incl. in Outgoing

incl. in Outgoing

200

150

Overage Page Cost

5.9c

3c

10c

10c

Customer Support Hours

24 / 7

6-6 MST / PDT

24 / 7

24 / 7

Fax Authority Rating

4.5 / 5

3.5 / 5

4 / 5

3.5 / 5

Mthly Cost

$7.99

$8.95

$10

$16.95

Mthly Cost – Annual Plan

$6.59

$4.95

$9.17

$14.13

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Free Trial

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RingCentral

Nextiva

MyFax

eFax

 

Internet Fax Service Reviews

There are a lot of different features and functions to consider when looking for an internet fax service, as well the choice can depend on what you’re looking for as an individual.

We’ve assembled a full page dedicated to online fax service reviews, as well as separate pages for our review services such as RingCentral, eFax, Nextiva, MyFax, and more.

How to Set Up an Online Fax Service

Setting up an online fax service is quite easy to do – most of the technology is straightforward.

In most cases, you’ll need the following:

  • An Internet Connection
  • An email address
  • A Credit Card (or Visa / Mastercard Debit Card)

To sign up for a service, the best place to start is our page on online fax services, pick that one that is best suited to you, and follow the signup instructions on that page.

Online Fax, Internet Fax, Web Fax, VOIP Fax, Email Fax, IP Fax, What’s the Difference?

While each term is different, they all are generally talking about the same concept.

Online and Internet faxing are almost interchangeable words, they describe a system where a service provides you with a fax number that you can access over the internet, whether through a web, email, or software based interface.

Web Fax and Email Faxing are part of online and internet faxing – they are just parts of it. Most online & internet fax services have a web and an email form of sending and receiving faxes, and those formats are just part of the larger service.

A VOIP Fax is usually one of two things – the first is an online fax service that is provided by a VOIP (Voice Over IP, or a system that provides telephone over the internet). Ringcentral or Nextiva would be examples of VOIP providers providing fax services.

The second term that a VOIP fax is used for is to find a hardcopy fax machine that will operate with a VOIP phone line. In many instances, a VOIP phone line makes it very difficult to operate a fax machine over the phone line – this has to deal with how the phone transmission occurs and the technology behind faxing.

An IP Fax (sometimes Internet Fax gets mistaken for IP Fax) is a system where two hardcopy fax machines transmit their faxes either partially or completely across the internet, often from one IP address to another. T.38 is an example of a transmission standard that allow fax machines to operate over and IP based network.

Internet Faxing for Mac OS X Users

The majority of internet fax services will work with a Mac OS X interface, however most users will only be using the online and email interfaces of the services.

There are a number of things for Mac OS X users to think about, including compatibility with Mac file formats and the availability of Mac based versions of any software that comes with an online faxing service.

We offer full coverage with a page dedicated to Internet Faxing for Mac OS X Users, as well as dedicated reviews to the Mac component of fax services such as eFax, RingCentral, MyFax, and Nextiva.

Internet Faxing for Linux and Open Source Users

Just like Mac OS X, the majority of internet fax services will work with Linux and other Non-Windows / Non-Mac systems, however the interface is only through the web and email interfaces. For users on these operating systems, the quality of the service depends on how well the service works with no desktop software based support.

As well, users of Open Source software and file formats will find that there is a difference between the systems that accommodate formats such as Open Document and other open based formats.

We offer full coverage with a page dedicated to Internet Faxing for Linux and Open Source users, as well as dedicated reviews to the Linux and Open source compatibility components of fax services such as eFax, RingCentral, MyFax, and Nextiva.

Internet Faxing for Canadians

While most online fax services available in Canada are quite similar to the American versions of the service, there are some differences, especially when it comes to billing in Canadian dollars, the availability of French language support, as well as local and toll free number availability in Canada.

We offer full coverage of what’s going on north of the border with our page dedicated to Online Fax in Canada, as well as dedicated reviews from a Canadian perspective on services such as eFax, RingCentral, MyFax, and Nextiva.

Internet faxing for British users

Most online fax services are compatible everywhere in the world, however only some offer local and freephone numbers in the UK, as well as support at locally based hours.

We offer full coverage for British users on our page dedicated to Online Fax in the UK, as well our reviews from a British perspective on services such as eFax, RingCentral, and MyFax.

History of Online Fax

Online Fax originates from computer based faxing – the majority of online fax services are primarily a collection of computer based faxes that connect the transmission to the service’s clients through email and web interfaces.

More on the history of online faxing can be found on our page dedicated to the history of fax.