Due to the universal acceptance of email, many predicted the demise of the common fax machine. But, although much easier to use, email has still not replaced the office fax.
The latest announcement from Voxbone that they will be providing fax support on some of their local numbers, made me think again – why is fax still with us? Isn’t it much easier to scan, send and manipulate documents by email?
I think it boils down to the KISS mantra. Sending a fax is simple. Put the paper in the fax machine, dial, press send and that is it. Sending a document by email is clumsy. First you must scan it (but not everyone has a scanner next to their computer..), open up your scanning software, save it, go to email and send. OK, I know that some scanners are integrated with Outlook and do it faster, but the bottom line is that the average person still uses a fax to send their documents.
So I understand why you still send faxes the old way, but why do you receive them on a fax machine? Unlike sending receiving faxes to email, is super simple. All you do is get a dedicated fax to email phone number point it to your email and thats all! The sender doesn’t know the difference! No longer do you have to deal with piles of faxes in the morning, missed faxes because you were out of ink etc. All your faxes arrive automatically in your inbox. You can then forward them, print them or even delete them, just like you would with a regular email!
So simple, that it beats me why anyone would choose to receive their faxes any other way. If you need a fax number in the USA, we would be happy to help you out, just send me an email (or fax :-).