7 Free Online Fax Services

Send free faxes online or receive faxes by email for free

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Faxing may seem like outdated technology, but many organizations still conduct business via fax. There's no need to invest in a fax machine or computer fax modem, however. Free online services allow you to send faxes from your computer and receive faxes to your email.

A comparison table of the 7 Free Fax services mentioned in the article.
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The free fax offerings from these services may have limited features. Read carefully before choosing one.

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FaxZero

Screenshot of the FaxZero free online fax service

What We Like

  • Great for very limited faxing needs.

  • Faxes straight from Word files.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited free offering.

  • Includes ads on the cover page.

  • No way to receive a fax.

With FaxZero, send a fax for free anywhere in the United States and Canada, as well as many international destinations. Upload a document or PDF file or enter the text you'd like to fax. There is no fax-receiving function, however.

The free service places an ad on the cover page and is limited to a maximum of three pages per fax and up to five free faxes per day. If you need to send more than three pages, send a fax of up to 25 pages with priority delivery and no advertising on the cover page for $1.99. This service is accredited with the Better Business Bureau.

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GotFreeFax

Screenshot of the Got Free Fax free online fax service

What We Like

  • No branding or ads.

  • Reasonable fee structure.

What We Don't Like

  • Very limited number of free faxes.

  • No ability to receive faxes.

If you prefer no ads on your cover page, consider GotFreeFax. GotFreeFax doesn't place ads on its free fax cover pages and doesn't add any GotFreeFax branding to your fax. Send faxes online to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Like FaxZero, there is no fax-receiving functionality.

Send up to three pages per fax with two free faxes allowed per day. If you need to send more than three pages, GotFreeFax allows you to fax up to 10 pages for 98 cents, 20 pages for $1.98, and 30 pages for $2.98. The premium pay-per-fax service also uses an encrypted connection and provides priority delivery.

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FaxBetter Free

Screenshot of the FaxBetter Free online free fax service

What We Like

  • Great for people with consistent but low-volume fax needs.

  • OCR and document-search capability.

  • Online storage.

What We Don't Like

  • Weekly fax receipts to keep your number.

  • Can't send faxes.

FaxBetter Free gives you a dedicated toll-free fax number, allowing you to receive up to 50 pages per month. You'll get email notifications every time you receive a fax. FaxBetter Free stores up to 1,000 pages on its site for you to access your faxes online.

However, you can't send faxes using this free fax number, and the fax-to-email service, as well as the OCR/searchable fax feature, is free only during a 30-day trial. Additionally, you agree to receive browser ads when the free version is installed.

If you expect to receive many faxes or want to send faxes in various formats, the FaxBetter account starts at $5.95 per month (although this plan requires you to pay upfront for two years). This plan also includes unlimited fax storage, searchable fax notifications, and no advertising.

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eFax Free

Screenshot of the eFax free online fax service

What We Like

  • Good for light-volume needs.

  • Select your own fax number.

What We Don't Like

  • Tied to the eFax software.

  • Subscription model is pricey.

The eFax free trial gives you a free fax number for incoming faxes, which are delivered by email. You'll need the eFax document viewing software and will be limited to 150 incoming pages a month, but if you have light fax-receiving needs, the eFax free trial means 30 days of helpful service.

After 30 days, choose an eFax package. To change the area code for your fax number and send and receive up to 150 pages per month, you'll need to upgrade to the eFax Plus plan, which is a bit more costly than average, starting at $16.95 per month. (A Pro plan is $19.95 per month and offers additional features.)

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PamFax

PamFax free online fax service screenshot

What We Like

  • Reasonable pricing plans.

  • Skype integration.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited number of free pages.

  • Limited features in free offering.

PamFax is free to join, and new users get three free fax pages. Support for Dropbox, Box.net and Google Documents is built into the service.

PamFax is available for the internet, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry 10. Once you're beyond your three free fax pages, choose between the PamFax on-demand service (10 cents per page), Professional plan ($6.96 per month and 7 cents per page), or the Basic plan ($4.62 per month and 10 cents per page).

Both the Basic and Professional plans include a personal fax number and allow you to send multiple documents in a single fax. This fax service offers Skype integration, as well. 

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MyFax Free Trial

MyFax page

What We Like

  • Good overseas coverage.

  • Subscription plan good for people with moderate-to-heavy fax needs.

What We Don't Like

  • Free trial means you'll be charged if you forget to cancel.

The MyFax free trial lets you receive faxes and send faxes to more than 40 countries. It supports many more types of files than other fax services, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and image files. MyFax works with iPhones and other smartphones as well as Blackberry devices.

The MyFax free trial lasts for 30 days, after which accounts start at $10 per month. There are some pretty extensive Terms and Conditions, so make sure you read through them before signing up.

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Internet Fax in Microsoft Office

Screenshot of a fax template in Microsoft Word

What We Like

  • Free.

  • Built into Windows.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires a modem and phone line.

Many users don't realize that Microsoft Office has a built-in ability to send faxes through Outlook, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. To use this feature, the Windows Fax driver or Fax Services must be installed and activated on the sending computer.

Using Microsoft Office to send a fax is an easy and free alternative to an outside fax service.

It's also easy to send faxes from your phone with fax smartphone apps.