Can you have a fax number without a landline?

Yes, you can have a fax number without a landline phone line. An online fax service can host a fax number that is accessed through the internet.

To have a fax number and use a fax machine (or computer with fax software) you’ll need a landline phone line. VoIP phone lines will not work.

Summary

  • You’ll need a landline phone line if you want to fax with a regular fax machine, multifunction printer, or computer.
  • VoIP phone lines will not work with fax machines and computers with fax software.
  • Some VoIP phone providers also offer online fax numbers.
  • An online fax service can host a fax number without the need of a landline phone line
  • Online fax services provide all the software needed to access your faxes

Using an online fax service

An online fax service will let you send and receive faxes with email, the web, a smartphone app, or desktop software. It is a service that hosts the fax line, storage, and software for the service.

Why you need a landline for a fax machine

A fax machine (or computer with fax software) needs to be connected to the telephone network to send and receive faxes.