New technologies can cause feelings of trepidation and uncertainty, but they are usually far more simple to use and understand than they first appear to be. To help familiarize you with e-faxing, here's a look at the general operations, user interactions, benefits over previous technologies, and the potential for further advancements.

How Does E-Faxing Work?

What will you get when you choose Online Faxes for your faxing needs? Our faxing solutions make it possible to easily send and receive your faxes via email. You’ll also get a free local fax number. Small businesses and Personal email faxing are able to send and receive faxes from anywhere an internet connection is available. In fact, this faxing solution is compatible across multiple devices, including tablets, smartphones, APPLE/MAC, and Windows computers. Since Online Faxes ensures that faxes are completely secure, your business will be able to ensure HIPPA Compliance standards are met.

A Comparison From One End to the Other
In a typical fax machine, the sender starts the process by running the pages of the document through the machine's scanner. After the missive is digitized, a connection is established over a phone line to the number specified, and the fax is turned into audio tones that are sent across the line. The end-point machine receives the signal, translates it back into the document image, and then prints the pages for the recipient.

With e-faxing, the sender uses a computer or other smart device to send the digital document to the service. From there, it is relayed through the fast, ad-hoc networking of the World Wide Web.

The User Perspective
From your point of view, e-faxing is similar to sending an e-mail or other digital correspondence. You can log in to the Web application, where creating the fax is similar to other email services: you create and compose the fax, add the intended recipients, attach any accompanying files, such as PDFs or Word documents, and then send the fax on its way. If you prefer to use your own email application, you can turn any email into a fax by sending it to the 11-digit fax number followed by ""; for example, [email protected]

Benefits of E-Faxing

There are two primary benefits to using an e-faxing service over traditional faxing methods. First, the task is moved from a single-use machine to one that can handle multiple operations — namely, the smart device or computer. You save office space where the photocopy machine once would stand, and your equipment costs are consolidated. The second major benefit is savings from using an Internet connection instead of a phone line. When doing business with companies across the country and across the world, long-distance and international calling fees can amplify the cost of sending a fax.

Going Further

A program or piece of software that is difficult to integrate with other systems can potentially lead to a performance bottleneck in your computer systems. If your company wants to create a consolidated work interface for employees, every system that can't be adapted to the new software will require special accommodations in design and training. provides an application program interface that allows information technology personnel to incorporate e-faxing capabilities into software on any device running any operating system that can use the Internet.

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