I am a newbie to this discussion forum and faxing over the internet. Through my detailed searches, I still have some questions as to what exactly I can and cannot do. Here is an explanation of what I am looking for. Hopefully, someone in this community would be willing to walk me through this a little.
I currently do monthly 'fax-blasts' to around 200-300 of my clients. My clients fax numbers are housed in Act! and I have used WinFax Pro to set the fax blast of my MS Publisher (or other MS app) with my client list to send in bulk the faxes. I am using my computer's modem to my phone jack. This is a slow process, and is impacting my local phone bill (which pricing escalates based on # of calls/month). I have also been having problems with my WinFax Pro, as I cannot get it to talk to Act! anymore. Still trying to trouble shoot that one, but I understand that is really a different discussion...
What I would like to do is find a solution that allows me to *easily* send my fax blast over the internet. I have cable modem, and for cost and logistical reasons (my phone jack is 3 rooms away from my computer workstation....LONG phone cord snaking through my house...tripping my dog and kids!), I would like to be able to fax over IP to my client's fax machine.
If I am understanding what I have read so far, it seems the only way to fax over internet is e-mail to e-mail. What i need, however, is the destination to remain my client's fax machines...not their e-mail.
Is this possible? Is there a solution out there that can support my needs (something that works with Act!, faxes over internet to actual fax machines?)
Any suggestions, advice, recommendations, education would be most appreciated!