Ditch Your Fax Machine. Keep Your Faxes. Be More Productive.

I know that every time your fax machine rings and paper starts coming out some people laugh at you, or you cringe wondering why you couldn’t just get an email. However, sometimes, fax just works and in fact in some industries faxing is just the way business is still done.

If you’ve got to send and receive faxes you might as well consider using an online fax service.

GFI Software recently announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.

Online faxing is not new, eFax (J2 Global) has had online faxing for years, but it’s always good to see new entrants in the market.

When someone sends a fax to your virtual fax number, the fax is emailed to you. When you want to send a fax you print, just as you normally would, but instead print to the GFI Fax printer.

GFI tells me that the biggest difference with GFI FaxMaker Online compared to competitors is that many online fax providers limit the number of users, or charge more for adding users. This is not the case with GFI FaxMaker Online. Also, with GFI FaxMaker Online, users aren’t limited to a specific number of pages for inbound faxing and a specific number of pages for outbound faxing. The
subscription is for total number of faxes, which could be all inward, all outward, or a combination of both.


One thought on “Ditch Your Fax Machine. Keep Your Faxes. Be More Productive.

  1. Jerry Mand

    J2 Global usually sues anyone who creates and/or profits from any technology that “infringes” on their patent which to sum up briefly, is the idea of sending an email that in turn generates a fax. Regardless of how it is designed, using php, .net, and smtp gateway, your LAN or WAN and so forth. Nobody that was sued has made it to court either, most settle, one of the lawsuits with Protus (MyFax.com) actually ended in a settlement that while “undisclosed” was fairly obvious the settlement involved the eventual takeover of Protus by J2. What is interesting is that J2 Global isn’t a “Patent Troll” but rather they are a practicing entity, usually Patent Trolls just buy patents and sue everyone without actually having any other business but defending the patents they purchase. J2 Global has the email to fax business under a monopoly, fortunately some of these lawsuits they filed might actually go to court and (hopefully) the patent will be declared invalid. There is also legislation in Vermont to protect people from J2 Global and the like, hopefully the rest of the country follows their lead. If not, I’m going to patent posting comments to blogs from a computer that is within a network that has a connection to the internet. So think twice before posting, my licensing fee for the soon to be patented technology will be $1,000 per user. I will have to set up a Paypal account, but before I do I will need to go ahead and patent the idea of using my computer to connect to the internet to setup an account to accept money, I’m willing to take on an investor to also patent the idea I just thought of, which is paying the patent license fee by getting on a computer and transmitting the payment electronically. However, I’ve been thinking that all this work could probably be automated and I should probably also patent the idea of using a computer to prepare and submit my patents. So in summary, if you are reading this, please log on to paypal and send me a couple thousand dollars every now and then or I might just log on to the internet and search for and hire a patent lawyer via email. Oh crap, now I’ve got to patent that too.


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