Oh dear Gandalf, you obviously haven't thought this through. The Deaf community (of which I'm one) rely heavily on fax machines to communicate with friends and family, as well as the outside world. Whilst mobile phone texting has improved our lot for short, instant communication, until such times as video phoning becomes readily available, and is of sufficient standard for us to use our first language, British Sign Language, fax remains the only option. Having explained this, I understand your comments were made in a light hearted manner, and refer to the enormous leaps in technology made in the last few years.
I took up Pesala's invitation "now anyone can fax me on 0871 243 9465" and sent a fax.
I have been using Trinite efax service for the last 5 years (£23 per year) mainly because anyone offering a free efax service (Tiscali and now Clara) have had a clause that you have to have an account with them. Is that still the case?
So, technically it isn't a free fax service if you are not prepared to maintain a PAYG account with them, which is the same as the Tiscali free fax service. That means you have to keep an analogue modem installed and active in your computer whether or not you need it.
I keep an antiquated fax machine for one purpose only: my doctor only accepts requests for repeat prescriptions (I need migraine medication about every six weeks) by fax or in person. When the surgery finally catches up with the rest of the world and goes to email I'll be consigning the fax machine to the dusty under-the-stairs cupboard where the rest of my discarded hardware lives.