FaxZero allows users to send faxes to anywhere in the US or Canada for free – without a fax machine. All that is required is a computer with internet connection and a scanner if the document is not housed on the computer. Alternatively, text may be entered on the FaxZero page. International faxing is available for a fee.
FaxZero was launched in May 2006. The application is a creation of SavetzPublishing.com, a business that operates more than 80 sites for small businesses and consumers. Savetz Publishing is run by Kevin Savetz.
This application allows users to send faxes without owning a fax machine. Faxes are sent via internet for free from anywhere in the US and Canada.
Immediately following the tsunami disaster in Japan in March 2011, FaxZero provided free faxes of up to ten pages to Japan to help people communicate with their families living in that area. This kind of global awareness and helpfulness is unique in many online businesses. The site also listed the text information for donations to the Red Cross.
For each fax, the sender’s name, company, fax # (this may be left blank) and valid email are needed. The receiver information must include name, company and fax number. The user chooses the file to be faxed, or enters text to be faxed. The confirmation code at the bottom of the form must be entered.
An email confirmation is sent to the sender’s email address. The fax will not be sent until this email is confirmed. This confirmation indicates adherence to FaxZero’s terms of service. The user also agrees to not use it to send advertising, spam, or abusive or offensive materials. Delivery status may be monitored on a private status page within FaxZero. Confirmation of final delivery status will be emailed.
During testing, the fax came through immediately. The large FaxZero logo was on the cover page with recipient and sender information. The cover sheet does not count in the number of pages sent.
A gadget for Google and a dashboard widget for MacOS are both available to make faxing even easier.
FaxZero has received praise from popular media such as PC World, Kiplinger, US News and World Report, and many personal users.
As a comparison, Kinkos generally charges approximately $1.50 for one page and $1.00 for subsequent pages. Office Max has been known to charge $1.75 per page. Using FaxZero certainly makes sense when you consider how quickly those charges add up.
International faxes are available for a number of countries for various fees. A few examples include: Afghanistan, $32.19; Egypt, $12.56; The Netherlands, $3.63; UK, $3.63; Bahamas, $8.99; Haiti, $16.13. There is an extensive list on the site of international fax destinations. Each one is linked to a page that lists the cost. These have no advertising and a maximum of 15 pages each.
No registration is required.
Sending a fax anywhere in the US or Canada is free. The Free Fax service contains the ad on the cover page, has a max of three pages per fax and a limit of two free faxes per day. The Almost Free Fax is $1.99 per fax (via PayPal) with a maximum of fifteen pages per document, priority delivery, and is ad free.
International fax fees are based on the country of the recipient. A full list is provided on the site.
This service would be very useful to anyone who needs to send a fax but does not have a fax machine. Office stores offer this service for a fee, but FaxZero is completely free for users in the US and Canada. This is extremely convenient for anyone who does not have a regular need for a fax machine, yet needs to send an occasional fax – it saves a trip to the local UPS or Kinkos store!