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Mobile faxing with your smartphone

By October 27, 2010June 6th, 2022No Comments

Sadly, we still live in a world where people insist on sending and receiving faxes. So when you are forced to use this dying technology it’s best to use a web-based fax system. (If you have a traditional fax machine that uses a telephone line, take it out back and smash it with a baseball bat).

There are several web-based fax services such as efax, MyFax and RingCentral’s service. I use RingCentral, but have used the other two services and can vouch for their reliability and ease of use.

Recently, MyFax announced something interesting: attorneys can now receive and store all their incoming faxes on their iPhone by way of an Internet faxing app. The iPhone app, for example, allows you to:

  • enter the recipient’s name and fax number, or look it up in your Contact Book.
  • take a picture of a page using your iPhone’s camera. Optimized for sending photos of text – includes a slider control to adjust the darkness threshold of the photo for maximum text clarity (best results with iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4). You can also choose photos from the Photo Album. Send up to 8 pages in a single fax, plus the cover page.
  • view the status of your sent faxes (Pending, Successful, or Failed), including those sent by email or from the MyFax online website. Faxes sent from the iPhone are highlighted with a colored icon.

Scanning apps such as ScannerPro ($6.99 at time of this post). ScannerPro allows you to take pictures of several pages and combine them into one PDF that you can then email. Since all of the web-based fax services allow you to initiate a fax by emailing it to a special address (e.g. you can already do this trick with any smartphone that has a camera and allows you to send emails with attachments.

So if you have a web-based faxing service get ScannerPro for your smartphone and don’t be a slave to one of those Soviet era fax machines. You deserve a better life than that, don’t you?

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