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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Free Internet fax service

I have discovered a free Internet fax service, FaxZERO. I rarely have occasion to send a fax, so it is nice to have the free service.

The advantages of faxing are:

(1) Faster, easier and cheaper than postal mail.

(2) More attention-getting than emails.

(3) Immediate hard-paper copies -- printing is not necessary (if an electronic copy is needed, the document can also be sent by email).

(4) Unlike emails, cannot be blocked.


Conditions and limitations for the free version of the fax service are:

Ad on the cover page

Faxed documents may be plain text or in DOC (MS Word) or PDF format

One file per fax — maximum 3 pages

Maximum 2 free faxes per day (I don't know if this can be expanded by sending faxes from different email addresses from the same computer)

Fax phone numbers with area codes must be ten digits -- i.e., without a "1" prefix. If you include the "1", you will be asked to re-enter the number. Dashes are OK.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot point number 5:

Recipients of unsolicited faxes can sue after warning the sender not to send any more faxes.

Monday, December 29, 2008 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>>> Recipients of unsolicited faxes can sue after warning the sender not to send any more faxes. <<<<<<<

Under what statute is that? There is an FCC national do-not-call registry, but the following limitations apply:

The Do-Not-Call registry does not prevent all unwanted calls. It does not cover the following:

calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship;

calls for which you have given prior written permission;

calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements;

calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations.


Also, I don't know if there is any way of avoiding unwanted phone calls other than being in the national do-not-call registry.

Maybe the faxer could get into trouble for doing something really terrible, like tying up the faxee's fax machine or exhausting the paper and toner by faxing the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.

A Virginia law against sending non-commercial email spam was recently declared to be unconstitutional.

Monday, December 29, 2008 12:15:00 PM  

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