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How to send a fax via internet without a phone line or number?
November 1, 2009 1:01 PM   Subscribe

I need to send a fax, right now, without a phone line or a fax machine.

I'm applying for a job and the only way specified to send a resume is via fax.

I don't want to sign up for a plan. I don't want to pick out a number, which makes something like efax not what I want. What I want to be able to do is go to a webpage, have a way to browse my harddrive from it, pick out the document I want, and send it to a number I specify. I do not need or want to be able to receive faxes, only send them.

I need it to be pay-as-I go or free, but it cannot have ads or look tacky (since it's for a job application).

I'm finding it hard to believe that something like this does not exist, but everything I can find wants me to sign up for a plan or wants me to have a phone line hooked up to my computer, which I don't.

So far the best option I'm seeing is faxitnice, but I can't tell if it has ads.

Help?
posted by Violet Hour to Computers & Internet (20 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
Go to Kinkos?
posted by Sys Rq at 1:03 PM on November 1, 2009


FaxZero
posted by special-k at 1:03 PM on November 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


For $1.99 you can use FaxZero to send faxes without ads.
posted by special-k at 1:04 PM on November 1, 2009


When I worked at an apartment complex, we would send faxes for residents - it may not apply to you, but if so you might want to ask at your leasing office if they would do that.
posted by shirobara at 1:09 PM on November 1, 2009


I don't know if you live in an urban or rural area, but there's a place on my corner that ships stuff via every courier and has PO Boxes (but they're not USPS boxes, it's more of a generic situation) will fax stuff for me for a dollar a page. Maybe you have something like this nearby?
posted by AlisonM at 1:10 PM on November 1, 2009


We have a stationary supply store that does this. Even our drug store will also do it. Shoppers in Canada. I think a lot of the stationary stores would. What is on the page is what the recipient receives. No ads! Its very easy and painless. A small fee of course. And I do mean small.
posted by Taurid at 1:10 PM on November 1, 2009


I've known convenience stores that had fax machines -- sure it'll be outrageously expensive, but it's an option.
posted by modernnomad at 1:16 PM on November 1, 2009


Slightly off topic but Kinko's is no more. You can send a fax from the FedEx store.
posted by Xurando at 1:16 PM on November 1, 2009


You can also send a fax from Office Depot, if you've got one nearby.
posted by OolooKitty at 1:29 PM on November 1, 2009


To everyone suggesting kinkos, office depot, etc., thanks, but I guess I should have been more specific that I want to be able to do it from my computer.

The pay service for faxzero is the closest match so far. (I did not realize you could pay and have no ads.)
posted by Violet Hour at 1:34 PM on November 1, 2009


I've been using Fax1 for years and have been very happy. No client necessary; you can send via email or their web interface.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 1:42 PM on November 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I haven't used it, but the reviews are favorable for Fax4Outlook and looks like they have two weeks free trial. It's only for Windows.
What computer do you have?
posted by Rash at 2:06 PM on November 1, 2009


MaxEmail is another good one.
posted by dacoit at 2:19 PM on November 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Violet Hour wants to stay on the computer, but another good option, I've found, is motels. They have fax machines, are up at all hours, and are usually happy to fax something for you if you ask nicely.
posted by gum at 2:50 PM on November 1, 2009


I've used popfax with good results.
posted by ursus_comiter at 3:15 PM on November 1, 2009


Does your computer have a modem? Windows and Mac both support faxing via modem directly without extra software.
posted by odinsdream at 4:57 PM on November 1, 2009


I see that you don't have a phone line. Nevermind.
posted by odinsdream at 4:58 PM on November 1, 2009


I've happily used the FaxItNice per-page send-only service (which requires a minimum $20 initial deposit, which doesn't expire) and there are no ads. The one-off service at $4.99 is expensive by comparison, though.
posted by holgate at 5:31 PM on November 1, 2009


I use pamfax, but I also use skype quite frequently.
posted by iamabot at 5:59 PM on November 1, 2009


i've used faxaway.com for 10 years now.
posted by thilmony at 6:40 PM on November 1, 2009


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