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Online Fax Service For Personal Use

Posted on the 15 February 2013 by Cw Highlights @CW_JenniferB

I was first introduced to the convenience of online fax services for business in 2006, but I have since found that they are at least as useful — if not more useful — for personal use. I’m not some kind of crazy, fax obsessed person, waiting for the day this crazy “email” fad will go away, but I do know that some people and businesses still prefer to use fax machines. In those cases, it’s very convenient to be able to have a fax number where they can send you documents.

I use MetroFax for my personal faxing, because they’re reliable, inexpensive, and they have a great app. In the last year, I’ve used the fax service to receive faxes from:

  • a school
  • a demolition specialist
  • a lawyer
  • a consultant
  • a jeweler
  • the city of Austin

I’ve also sent quite a few faxes to similar types of those service providers. In all cases, I was glad to have my own number to provide, where I could receive the fax.

I’ve been in the online fax reviewing business for over 5 years, so I think it’s fair to call myself an expert in the area of selecting a fax service. The reason I chose MetroFax was because it was reliable with good customer service, had a good iPhone app, a low monthly fee, and it allowed me to receive the faxes on 3 of my email addresses.

The one downside of the service is that it doesn’t give you the ability to electronically sign (e-Sign) a fax. E-Signing is a handy feature because it removes the need of a printer to sign and return a document since it can be done on your computer or device. RingCentral, eXtremeFax, eFax, TrustFax, & HelloFax all offer this feature with their fax plans. This list shows the fax plans that have the e-Signing capability. MetroFax’s sleek iPhone app does make up for this missing feature to some degree, because you can simply take a picture of the signed document with your phone and fax it back to the sender. In the end, it really just comes down to personal preference.

Metrofax mobile faxing app

MetroFax Mobile App

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