How to Send a Fax Without a Fax Machine
With email, snail mail, phone calls, text messages - why does faxing still exist, and why do you need to send a fax? Many industries still rely heavily on fax as a mechanism to send or receive sensitive information between two parties. Healthcare, government, and insurance are just a few of the common industries that we see fax still remaining as a prevalent. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to send a fax, but you don't a have a fax machine handy - how can do accomplish this task?
Methods to send a fax
Here are a few different ways to send a fax if you don't have a fax machine nearby:
- Use our mobile app: Fax From Phone
- Use a free website
- Drive to shipping or office supply store
- Use a shared fax machine at your work or office
The first option is of course our recommendation, but here is why. When you download the Fax From Phone and use it on your mobile device to send a fax, it is convenient, easy, and cost effective. The Fax From Phone app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play store on your iOS or Android device. Once the fax app is installed, you can simply enter in the recipients fax number, scan a document with your devices camera or select from existing photos or files, and send your fax, it's that easy! If you have faxed documents before you may know that sometimes the other end is busy or doesn't answer. Fax From Phone can detect this and the app will automatically retry to send your fax 5 times without any action on your part. If the fax has still failed after 5 times, you can go to the fax history and manually resend it again.
We would caution you on using free websites to send your personal information via fax. Our app is a reasonable $0.99 for 1-10 pages and we take your fax privacy as our top priority. We utilize modern security practices and utilize cloud based servers which are routinely updated with the latest software patches and updates. Using free websites may put your self or the fax recipient at risk.
The other options include driving to a store that may offer package shipping services or office supply stores. Many times these types of stores offer fax services but they typically charge quite a lot of money, not to mention the time it takes you to travel to those locations, wait in line, hope the store clerk knows how to use the fax machine and wait for your fax to send. Using a shared fax machine may also be an option for you if you have it available, but again you may not want to use a shared machine since other people may have access to it or it may be tied up with other business usage.
In conclusion, you actually have several options available to you when you need to send a fax. If you take into account the convenience, ease of use, and security of what our app Fax From Phone offers, then it makes a lot of sense to try out the next time you need figure out how to send a fax without a fax machine.