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Send Faxes for Free

Sometimes, you may urgently need to send a fax across to someone but you do not have access to a fax machine. If this is the case, don’t worry. File-hosting site drop.io has a way to rescue you.

Drop.io started off as just another file-hosting site. To stand out from the pack though, the site now allows you to both send and receive faxes. The modus operandi is simple: Upload the file you want to fax to the drop.io service. Files must be in ‘doc’ or ‘pdf’ format, not more than 20 pages long and less in 100 MB in size.

Once your file is uploaded, just click on the ‘Send’ button. You will then be directed to a page with a drop-down menu where you can choose how you want your file to be sent. You can choose between fax, email, and MMS for mobiles. In the case of the fax, enter the fax number and click ‘send’. Your document is faxed to its recipient.

I quite like this service though I doubt I need to use it that often. For one thing, I don’t need to go running around looking for a fax machine. Another perk, it’s free! I’ve sent faxes before and paid for each page, which can work out quite expensive. The major drawback presently is you can only send faxes to US numbers. Still, I’m optimistic that this will change in the future.

What do you think of the drop.io fax service? Would you be willing to use it? What kind of security concerns would you have? Let me know in the comments.

Update: Drop.io is no longer available. We have removed the link from this article as it is now linking to a 404 not found page on the Internet. A free fax service that you may want to try as an alternative is Got Free Fax.





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    Comments

    1. Thomas Murphy said on June 4, 2008 at 5:11 pm
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      Great! Paper free. Although I do not use Fax machines very often, if people start using this, it will make a big difference for our environment.

    2. Amr said on June 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm
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      It seems like a nice idea, although I doubt I will ever use it. My main problem with it is that I don’t feel comfortable uploading my files to a third-party website in order to have them faxed somewhere.

    3. Joe said on June 5, 2008 at 5:08 am
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      I think this is okay for small stuff. If it’s an important document, I’d rather not chance it.

    4. Yujin said on June 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm
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      Free fax service is good, but they have to bring it into front of the web site, not after uploading a file, so everyone can easily use the fax service.

    5. Ken said on June 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm
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      Thanks, i found this before but i forgot about it. i was then wondering if something like this is out there. great reminder

    6. zxxxt said on December 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm
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      Yujin is right. Free fax service is okay but you need to upload it on their website and of course you think about how secure it it or how reliable the service…you can not complain actually because its free. I use Onesuite.com online fax service and find it qwuite reliable and cheap at the same time.

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