Newbie questions

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#1 23 October 2006 - 3:33pm
bull

Newbie questions

Hi there,

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!

Thanks,
Shawn

24 October 2006 - 12:09pm
interfax

Shawn,

Here's a way you could do this:

1. Sign up with an email-to-fax provider like InterFAX.

2. Then, instead of trying to create a fax broadcast from Act!, create an EMAIL broadcast. Make sure that the email addresses to which you are sending conform to the format of an internet fax service provider. For example, with InterFAX you would format the email address like +12125558965@fax.tc.

3. Run your broadcast.

You will feel like you're running an email broadcast, but the internet fax service provider will turn these emails into faxes, going to live fax machines.

Check out the following link for more detailed instructions on how to run fax broadcasts this way.

28 April 2007 - 8:13am
edu

You can try Skax, which is a simple and free program that allows you to send any type of document in your computer to any fax number in the US (I don't know international). You need to install Skype first though (which is free anyways).

Go to www.skax.net, and download the program.

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