The advent of online fax services meant no more being tethered to a fax machine. Then smartphones came along, and furthered the mobility aspect of online faxing. Smartphone faxing apps turn your device into a fax machine on the go, allowing you to create, send, receive and manage faxes. Here, we take a look at the fax providers that offer apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices.
MetroFax: All three of the plans MetroFax offers include apps for iPhone and Android. Its Essential plan includes 500 total pages for $7.95 per month, the Value plan includes 1,000 total pages for $12.95 per month, and the Professional plan includes 2,500 total pages for $35.95 per month. All three plans come with a 30-day trial. MetroFax’s plans are a great deal, and are among the most competitively priced out there.
MetroFax has won praise for its very intuitive iOS and Android apps. The service also offers HIPAA compliance and Office integration, allowing you to fax directly from programs like Word, Excel, and Outlook. Its optional desktop software, MetroFax Printer, lets you print faxes automatically and sync with Yahoo! Mail contacts, among other features.
RingCentral: RingCentral is another feature-laden service with three tiers of plans. Its Fax 700 costs $8.89 per month and includes 700 total pages, the Fax 1000 plan includes 1,000 total pages per month for $17.99, and the Fax 2500 includes 2,500 total pages at $59.99 per month. Its 700 Plan is a fantastic deal, although its high volume plan is pricier than those of competitors. But RingCentral does provide very good reliability and support, and a wide range of features.
In addition to the smartphone apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, RingCentral’s plans include electronic signatures (eSigning) and Microsoft Office integration.
eFax: eFax offers two plans, Plus and Pro. Plus includes 150 inbound and 150 outbound pages at $16.95 per month, and Pro includes 200 inbound and 200 outbound pages at $19.95 per month. While the services are both feature rich and reliable, that’s significantly pricier than other fax services.
eFax offers apps for iPhones and Android phones, and its services are HIPAA compliant. It also offers the ability to eSign documents and fax them back, as well as Microsoft Office integration and 24/7 phone support. eFax is the only company to include all of those features in one service.
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