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Did you know?
Alexander Bain invented the first facsimile machine in 1843. Using the same general process as the telegraph, Bain found a way to transmit data images rather than sounds. The transmitter scanned a flat piece of metal using a pendulum mounted stylus. Over the next 100 years, inventors made various developments in the fax machine design. However, the fax didn't really catch on with the general public until the 1980s as a means for businesses to distribute documents to each other directly and quickly.
While technology has brought us an age of emails and Internet document transfer, many businesses still employ the use of a fax machine to better protect the confidentiality of the documents they send.
So the question is.... Can your business get by with out the need for a fax machine?
Thanks to companies online such as http://www.efax.com, http://www.mbox.com, http://www.ozefax.com.au and http://www.internetfaxing.com we can now receive fax's sent to us through our fax number directly to an email address..... WHAT??? how is that possible???
Its really really simple and it works just like this:
When you sign up with any of the companies listed above they will assign you a telephone number in which you will divert your main fax line to. This number is known as a mid way number and connects directly to a server which converts the fax being received into a PDF, TIF or WORD file, once converted the fax is then forwarded to a nominated email address.
How much does it cost?
The best deal we have found so far is with www.efax.com, These guys charge $9.99 per month for the service with no lock in contracts and if you decide to send a fax through their service its 10 cents per page.
Knowing all this, would you still keep your fax machine running? Just think how much your fax machine costs to run per year..... ink, paper, servicing, the list goes on!