Some fax services are better than others, depending on your needs.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 3, 2010
NextAdvisor.com, a leading source of reviews for consumer services, has launched its Internet Fax Reviews and Comparisons, designed to help consumers choose the best service for sending and receiving faxes online. NextAdvisor’s reviewers looked at seven leading Internet fax services to tease out just which service was the best for the money. It turns out there are a lot of differences. The seven providers reviewed are MyFax, MetroFax, Nextiva, GoDaddy, eFax, RingCentral and RapidFax.
“You know, all the services are pretty good,” said NextAdvisor’s content manager, Kent Hall. “But some fax services are better than others, depending on your needs. As with everything we review, it matters how you’ll use it.”
Internet fax services allow users to send and receive a certain number of faxes per month for one price. Teasing out the details was the main job for NextAdvisor’s review staff. “You know what they say,” said Hall, “the devil is in the details.”
With Internet faxing, those details are generally the “free pages” included with the user’s monthly—or yearly—fee. Some offer more incoming faxes, some offer more outgoing faxes, and some let users divvy up the free pages as they see fit. But as the reviewers found out, “free pages” generally translate to “free minutes.” A page can take longer than a minute to send, something that the reviewers noted consumers should consider when signing up.
While some may consider faxes to be a vestigial component of the 80s and 90s office setting, faxes still have relevance. Increasingly, however, the fax machine does not. Many office managers are reconsidering the wisdom of devoting office space not only to the fax machine itself, but the reams of paper required, paper that often gets used for printing junk faxes.
NextAdvisor’s review staff found that the benefits go beyond the savings. Internet faxing makes the fax truly portable, since you can retrieve and send faxes online from anywhere in the world. It also makes it easy to block numbers and report those nasty junk faxes that can clog up your inbox.
The review staff took a number of factors into account during their tests. User interface, fax quality, send and receive times, and value for money were all considerations. They used a rigorous testing methodology, sending faxes from each service to each service, as well as to an in-office fax machine. Send and receive times were measured and averaged; a good data point for performance-sensitive customers.
According to Hall, however, the best part of the testing was telling his boss he was using the wrong Internet fax service, “it’s not a bad service, but given the low number of faxes he was receiving, he was paying too much.”
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