Did you know that you can use Bitcoin currency to send fax over the Internet? The increased popularity of this type of currency has prompted the development of Bitcoin Fax, a service for those users who prefer using BTC and want fax in a simple and fast way.
This service was created by Australian web developer Simon Males, as an effort to “support the Bitcoin economy”, as he stated on the service’s announcement via the popular website Reddit.
What’s different about this service is its clean design. To send a fax you don’t need to sign up to anything, and there’s only one field to fill out: the recipient’s fax number.
Sending a Fax with Bitcoin Fax
This is how Bitcoin Fax (www.bitcoinfax.net) works:
- Select the country and number of the receiving fax machine.
- Click on “Choose PDF” to upload a PDF from your computer.
- Press Send and you will be taken to a new page with the cost of your fax (in Bitcoins as well as in Euros). You can pay either by using a Bitcoin code or by scanning a QR code.
Besides its simple design, another thing that stands out is its ability to send faxes to any number anywhere in the World. Fees may vary from country to country, but with most of them you can send a fax by paying 0.0005 BTC or its equivalent in US Dollars. At the moment of writing this article the cost is approximately $8.
Keeping in mind that $8 is what costs you an average monthly subscription with an online fax service, it feels overpriced, but we have to keep in mind that it has been designed for people that use BTC exclusively. This is a service that as Males say, is for people who need to fax every once in a while and don’t want to end up paying for a subscription they don’t use.
Another thing that we don’t like is that you can only send PDF files as fax. If you work with other type of files you need to save them as PDF or convert them to one before sending it as a fax. This marks a clear difference with other services that use forms to send fax like FaxZero and GotFreeFax, which allow you to also send other common formats like JPG, TXT or DOC.
Speaking of those services, despite looking similar, they are different. The services mentioned allow you to send a couple of pages for free, and from there you have to pay per fax. The catch is that these services subsist by adding advertisements as cover pages. In that respect, Bitcoin Fax is a better solution as only your fax contents will be sent.
Receiving Faxes with Bitcoin Fax
We can’t receive faxes through Bitcoin Fax, due to the fact that this is only a fax-sending service, and it doesn’t provide virtual fax numbers. This also means that it can be integrated with email services such as Gmail or Outlook.
As you may know, in order to receive faxes on your computer, you must have a fax number that works over Fax Over IP line, able to interpreting and converting fax machine transmissions. The best way to get one in minutes is through a subscription-based online fax service.
If you want to learn more I recommend you check our email fax tutorials where you will learn all about this technology.