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Tech Gear - FAX to Email

I have been using this solution for the past 2 years and it works great.  It saves me from having to tie my home phone line to just to receive annoying FAXes that only ring loudly in my ear.  I am paying $7.95 per month, and here in Michigan, that is much cheaper than getting a dedicated FAX line.  

CallWave Free Trial - Click Here! It's called CallWave and it works better than other similar services.  Why?  Simply because you can set it to send you the FAX as an Adobe Acrobat file, which is much safer (virus-free) than the other services.  One particular competitor uses a file format that has been preyed by virus writers who send infection posing as email containing a FAX!

As a result, I now get all my FAXes in my email inbox.  This sure saves a lot of paper and ink from the junk FAX that is usually thrown in.

This works so well, that I'm going to recommend that my company's dedicated FAX line be replaced using CallWave.  Doing this will save the company about $11 per month over the local line charges for that dedicated FAX line, not to mention the paper and ink saved when we don't have to print junk FAXes.  Also don't forget the wear and tear to our staff just having to go to the FAX machine.  This way we can direct all the incoming FAXes to a public  folder on our email server so that anyone can see the them and delete those that are junk.

Thanks to phone number portability, the best part is CallWave is able to take over the original FAX number so all the customers don't even know there has been a switch! :-)

For those of you outside the USA, here is an inexpensive way of having a US-based FAX presence.

As an additional service, CallWave also has an important service that is very useful for people who might still be using dial-up connection to the Internet.  

CallWave Free Trial - Click Here! The idea is that while you are online, subscribing to this service allows you to be notified when there is an incoming call.  How?  By using a CallWave application that will notify you as the call comes in.

You can monitor the call and you'll hear it on your PC speakers.  If you decide to answer it, then just press the button, and pick up the call on your phone.  If you want to immediately send to voice mail, then press a different button.  You will then get email with the recorded message.

I don't use this additional service because I have a cable connection to the Internet but I do see how it can be useful for dial-up Internet users.

Like a lot of things on the Internet, these CallWave services are available on a trial basis for 30-days.


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