It may be hard to believe that a communication technology as old as faxing is still used in this day and age. Faxing was invented more than 170 years ago but it is still necessary for things like sending official, confidential documents and more. But the way we send faxes has changed dramatically since it was invented and online fax services have started to replace traditional faxing all over the world.
There are many advantages internet faxing (also called digital faxing, virtual faxing, online faxing, e-faxing) has over conventional faxing:
- It is more affordable because it eliminates the need of paper, consumables and even a fax machine, because you don’t necessarily need a fax machine to send/receive faxes over the internet
- It is more versatile because you can use online fax services from anywhere in the world where there’s an internet connection
- It is easier to use than traditional faxing and also faster
- It is more responsible towards the environment, because it is a paperless technology, which saves a lot of trees from getting cut
eFax is a popular online fax service used by over 11 million users in the world. This service has both a desktop interface and a mobile app that works with iOS and Android smartphones.
There are three available plans with eFax: eFax Plus, eFax Pro, eFax Corporate. You can opt for monthly billing or annual billing with each of these plans.
Here’s their cost:
eFax Plus - is priced at $16.95/month or $169.50/year. This plan includes 150 sent fax pages per month and 150 received
eFax Pro - is priced at $19.95/month or $199.50/year. You can send 200 pages per month and receive 200 pages per month
eFax Corporate - it doesn’t have a fixed quote, you’ll get a customized quote when you contact them
In addition to this monthly rate, these plans also come with a $10 setup fee.
There’s a discount for those who opt for annual billing, who get the first 2 months for free.
eFax offers local numbers, toll numbers and international numbers with its plans. It also offers unlimited and secure fax storage, third-party cloud storage. International numbers are available in 45 countries and includes areas like the EU and EEA member states, India, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and many more.
Other notable features: email to fax, fax to multiple recipients, large files sharing, digital signature.
eFax offers 24/7 live chat customer support.
eFax supports up to 200 files: MS Office file types, PDF, HTML, plain text and image files, there is support for CAD drawings, CSV, EPS, IFF, TIFF, image files like JPEG, PNG, BMP or GIF, as well as files used in less common office software such as OpenDocument and StarOffice.
This service is also one of few online faxing providers to offer an API opportunity, which allows customers to create custom integrations and tools.