A while back we talked about sending faxes from computers, over the Internet, without the need for a dedicated fax machine. We did however, left out one part, and that is the new breed of computers, the ones you carry around in your pockets: smartphones. These devices are becoming increasingly more powerful, and therefore, they can handle more and more tasks.
At the office, a smartphone is a great gadget to have. It allows you to check your email, talk, browse the web and many other things, but one place where the potential has remained untouched is for faxing. There are some pretty good faxing apps available for most smartphones and users can try them out and use them for their businesses.
Advantages of faxing from a smartphone
First and foremost, the biggest advantage you can have is that you always carry your smartphone with you. If you use a faxing app, then you will receive the fax instantly, instead of having it waiting for you at the office or in other place. This is great for those who deal with time sensitive documents and need to know when they receive a fax. Security is also another aspect of using your smartphone as a fax machine.
Most of us use PIN codes or patterns to unlock our smartphones, therefore, they are much safer than a fax machine sitting somewhere in an office with documents besides it. By receiving faxes on your smartphone, you will be the only one who sees them.
Best faxing apps for your smartphones
If you are prepared to take the leap from a old fax machine to your smartphone, then maybe these apps will give you a hand. There are plenty of faxing apps for you to try. They offer some great features, and so, the choice might not be so easy. Now, let’s take a look at our list of faxing apps for both Android and iOS users.
Sending faxes from your smartphone is very simply done with eFax. The simple user interface allows anyone to operate it, allowing users to send and receive faxes in a few seconds. If you wish to use eFax, you will need to set up an account on the eFax website, where you will get a free trial, so you see how it works and if the app suits your needs. One awesome feature that eFax has for its users the ability to add digital signatures to documents.
This is great for those who receive contracts and other documents and with eFax, they will not have to print documents, sign and then scan them in order to send them back. While the app itself is free, after the trial period is over, users will have to pay a subscription fee in order to use the service.
Breezy is a well known printing app that users have loved, but it also offers faxing services. For users to send faxes from their smartphones using Breezy, they will have to buy Breezy credits from the Breezy website. Also, if you are planning to use this app, keep in mind that it does not work worldwide.
Breezy offers faxing services to the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, India, Portugal, Italy, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Nevertheless, if you only need to fax to these countries, then Breezy will free you from the old fax machine and give you the possibility to send faxes from your smartphone.
If you need a good faxing app for your smartphone that offers editing features, then iFax is the way to go. You can send faxes, receive faxes and edit documents before you send them. The app allows you to send documents from emails, from the web or from your smartphone, as well as edit them by adding text or a signature.
The user interface is also simple to use, which makes sending faxes from your smartphone a breeze. Keep in mind that you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee to benefit from this service.
While the apps above can be used for both Android and iOS devices, there are some which work on only one platform. Here are a few other examples of such apps, in case you were not pleased with those apps:
Faxing apps for iOS
- Fax Reader ($6.99)
- Tiff Fax Viewer+ ($2.99)
- JotNot Fax (Free)
- Pocket Fax ($3.28)
- Scan, Print, Fax ($3.99)
- RingCentral (Free)
- Fax Print Share ($7.99)
Faxing apps for Android
- Files Anywhere (Free)
- FINARX Fax Pro ($1.31)
- MetroFax Mobile (Free)
- PamFax – Send/receive faxes (Free)
- TIFF and FAX viewer ($10)
- Fax App (Free)
- Mobile Fax Free (Free)
Keep in mind that not all of these apps will work perfectly, and that this type of faxing apps are only at the beginning of their development. It will take some time before developers will iron out all the issues with sending faxes from smartphones. Nevertheless, with some issues, these faxing apps will give users the possibility to use their smartphones at yet another office task and in the near future, we believe that your smartphone will be the only tool you will need on your desk.