Transmitting voice communications over the open Internet have provided plenty of business benefits, and while they are primarily associated with cost savings, they far surpass what lines your wallet. For example, faxing over the Internet allows for faxing technology to still be used, but it allows for physical fax machines to be omitted, as all messages sent and received travel over an Internet connection rather than a traditional wireline connection. This reduction in paper and ink used not only saves you money, but can also have a direct impact on the environment.
Now back to the cost savings. As mentioned, along with the fax machine goes the cost of maintaining it, which drastically reduces ink and paper costs. Additionally, the ability to send faxes entirely online also offers efficiency boosts, allowing users to receive faxes directly to their e-mail address, which significantly improves privacy, as it reduces the chances of others seeing faxed messages. If you don’t think others receive or read improperly sent faxes, then you’re gravely mistaken. One blind study of 1,008 office workers revealed that nearly half of respondents read a fax that was not intended for them.
Specifically, the four major benefits of IP fax include electronic storage; the elimination of maintenance fees; "the death of the busy signal," since the process no longer occurs on phone lines; and mobility, since receiving faxes directly in one’s e-mail inbox also means those faxes are accessible from a mobile device from anywhere and at anytime – as long as you have an Internet connection, of course.
In fact, many IP fax providers offer fax-to-email capability, allowing users to send faxes directly to one or many e-mail accounts. This ensures that professionals still have full access to important documents while on-the-go, regardless of the hardware available at the moment. Some providers even offer fax over HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), which allows IP fax to mirror TDM faxing at one-fifth the bandwidth.
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One provider of HTTPS fax communication is FaxSIPit, who touts this simple, secure and user-friendly way of faxing to shape it as a new fax industry standard. By outsourcing your fax capabilities to a cloud-based service, you’ll never have to worry about poor fax communications again. FaxSIPit’s cloud-based service network is a proven IP-based fax network that takes pride in the millions of successfully sent faxes using a powerful combination of HTTPS and TDM technology – two extremely reliable forms of delivery.
To learn more about FaxSIPit’s cloud-based fax service and how it’s changing the industry, click here.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo