I was looking into the possibility of sending faxes through the internet, i.e using my internet connection to send a fax which will be picked up and printed out by a phycial fax machine the other end. Have done some brief investigating and it seems possible and a number of services are available which do this. Has anyone had any experience with these sort of services? Are they straight forward to use, easy to set up etc etc?
All of the different services I have seen require a subscription in order to be able to use the service. I will not be sending a vast number of faxes so ideally I was looking for a pay per fax option, if that is available anywhere? Better still, anywhere offer a free service?
You don't need to pay anything to send faxes from a computer system - Windows has always had a first class fax utility and which is termed the Fax Console in XP (Add/Remove Programs>Add/Remove Components)
Earlier versions used Awfax.exe and wms.exe (Windows Messaging Service) which followed the format of Outlook Express Inbox, Sent etc folders, making it particularly easy to use.
You do need a dialup modem and, if you wish to receive faxes as well, the system will have to be left switched on. Or you can use a fax to e-mail service to receive faxes such as that provided by Tiscali (but I think it's only for its own subscribers).