While e-mailing may be the most predominantly used form of communication today, one communication service – fax – remains continuously high in demand. Recent studies have even shown that fax remains the chief form of communication among healthcare providers – a part of everyday life which was, is and will continue to be vital. While many claim that fax is archaic, outdated and simply un-needed, the fact that it remains trusted for medical documents, signatures and other important, legal documents proves that fax is still on top. Now with innovative fax services via Internet, it has only grown further.
“Using the Internet for faxing is not very different from sending documents from one computer to another,” says this Best Business VoIP Provider article. “The only changes the system makes is that it converts your documents from digital signals to analog signals so the fax machine on the other end can read it.”
Don’t be deceived by rumors or false claims. There are primarily three ways to easily send faxes online:
1.) Sending faxes over Internet servers via an app or plug-in.
2.) E-mail to fax serves as the best option when on-the-go by allowing users to send and receive faxes through their e-mail account. Most commonly, this is accomplished by converting the fax into a PDF document. Most times, however, users will need to register their e-mail address with their account and follow a format on how to properly send the document to the fax server, so discussing this further with your Internet fax provider is suggested to secure fax service via e-mail.
3.) With fax over IP (FoIP), users can connect their regular fax machine to the Internet by using an adapter. “You can send and receive via a traditional fax machine. However, this is also the most debated option when it comes to reliability,” the article explains.
One last tip to consider when selecting a VoIP provider is if they charge by the minute and not by the page. If they charge by the minute, you may be looking at a heftier dollar sign, as larger images take longer to send over. “If you send a high-resolution image or a huge file through the Internet, it takes a longer time than sending a single page with a short note on it. Same process takes over when you’re sending faxes via the Internet.”
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli