How Can I Get a Fax Number Without a Phone Line?

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A traditional fax machine can be replaced by a web service.
A traditional fax machine can be replaced by a web service. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Sending and receiving faxes used to be the primary means of communication for many businesses and even some individuals. For many, however, email has taken precedence as the primary means of exchanging information. Even so, faxing is still possible. If you happen to be among the many cell phone users who have gotten rid of their residential land line phones that were necessary to facilitate fax transmissions, you can make use of some online services to send and receive faxes.

Set up an email address if you don’t already have one. Either your Internet service provider can provide a free email address for you or you can take advantage of one of a number of free email providers available online.

Visit one of the sites listed in this article's Resources section. These sites provide incoming and outgoing faxing services.

Create a new account and choose a phone number for incoming faxes. Some services provide a toll-free fax number while others provide a local number in your area code. Choose the option that suits your needs.

Log onto the site and follow the site’s procedure for sending and checking faxes. Most sites also provide an email address where your email can be sent for automatic conversion to a fax.

Tips & Warnings

  • Compare prices and features from multiple services to see which fits your specific needs.
  • Make sure your fax number is a local or toll-free number to avoid long distance fees for your customers or friends.

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