In need of a free fax solution

I am starting to send lots of faxes as part of my marketing plan. I work from home and send for free with my all-in-one, with downsides:

- While the send it taking place, my landline is busy and I can not make calls. They are free to send but costing me a fortune in opportunity lost.
- I must create a cover page using Word, print it, then throw it away. (wastes effort. time and laser toner)

Is there a way for me to get my PC to send faxes over the Internet? Would this require a distinct piece of hardware?

Are there outside services that offer free end services? (I figured I ask, but do not know why they would be free)

I could get a dedicated fax line to keep fax and phone distinct, which would help. The monthly fee for a new line is not free, but at least has a fixed value, not based on the number of faxes I sent.

Suggestions?
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
If you are tech savvy then - I'd suggest  you get magic jack, it uses your internet to send and receive calls,
1. buy the magic-jack device the one that plugs into your router and NOT the one that requires your computer for use
2. set up a real number from magic-jack you may have to pay 10.00yr for the number depending on the country you're in
3.plug the device in a power supply and connect an Ethernet cable to the device.
4. log into the router and give the magic jack a static IP
5. log into magic-jack portal and set the static IP you gave device into the network IP --under advance settings within the portal
6. go into the router and forward ports 5060 and 5070 to the magic-jack device IP
7. hook up your magic-jack phone line into your all in one printer

if your printer allows to send faxes from your computer then you can do your fax cover sheet template in ms word  type in your info
when your faxing you can send from file with attachment which will allow you to import your fax cover template and then scan in from the scanner whatever else you want to scan and send.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
interesting...
0
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
thank you I'm glad that I could help
0
AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Plenty of free fax services out there - just register with one such as 2Talk (depends on where you are of course).

You get a free fax number, and incoming faxes are emailed to you. You send faxes by emailing them to the provider.

Completely free, no need to purchase anything.


Alan.
1
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Printers and Scanners

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.