Despite the fact that it may seem like an old or outdated technology, most businesses simply can’t get along without fax. What they may not realize is that fax has evolved in the past several years, going online. Using this technology no longer requires owning and maintaining a fax machine.
Internet fax services offer many advantages over traditional fax. A few of those advantages are outlined here.
Affordable – First and most importantly, many businesses are finding that an Internet fax service is cheaper than buying and maintaining a fax machine and its associated phone line.
Convenient – If your company has an Internet connection (and you’d be hard pressed to find a company that does not), you can use Internet fax. Even better, its accessible from any Internet connection, making this modern version of faxing both convenient and portable.
Scalable – Many Internet fax plans have very high limits, or no limits at all, regarding number of faxes associated with the service. This makes it on par with traditional fax, but with the added benefit that one single rate (whether it be monthly or yearly) covers all faxes. Plus, the service is accessible to all staff, at any location, without necessitating the purchase of more machines and materials.
Easy to Use – Most businesspeople today are quite familiar and comfortable with using e-mail and other online means of communications. Having to revert back to old-fashioned paper, toner and phone line can be painful and time-consuming. Online fax works in a way that’s intuitive for users familiar with e-mail and the Web.
Progressive – Staying competitive just may require staying up with the latest technologies. Internet fax fits into that category; it’s progressive.
To learn more about the benefits of online fax services, please visit the Internet Fax channel on TMCnet.com, brought to you by Packetel.
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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Mae’s articles, please visit her columnist page. She also blogs for TMCnet here.