How to Setup Virtual Fax Machine for Free

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Most of us use traditional fax machines to send and receive faxes. However, they are quite expensive to use. You have to incur one time setup fee, as well as monthly recurring fee. Apart from that, you have to be at the physical location of your fax machine to send and receive faxes.

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A very neat solution to this is to use online fax service. To start with that, you are assigned a fax number like you would get with your traditional fax service. After that, if anyone sends you a fax, it is forwarded to your email address as an attachment. This means that you do not need a physical fax machine, and you can check your faxes anywhere you can check your email. Amazing, isn’t it!

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To send the fax, you just go to the website of your online fax service provider, and then specify the fax number where you want to send fax. You can send a document, or type up a message to be sent as fax. Then it is sent to the fax number and your recepient gets it as any other normal fax he/she would get. Its that easy!

However, the biggest problem with such online fax services is that they carry a monthly recurring cost – anywhere between $8 and above. Here I would tell you how to setup your own free online fax service completely free. No registration fee, no monthly fee, no setup charges. Totally Free.

To setup a free online fax account, you need two things:

  • A service that can give you a free Fax number.
  • A service that lets you send online faxes for free.

Free Online Fax Number:

To start with, you need a free online fax number. We like following free fax number providers:

1) K7 Fax: This is our favorite. It gives you a free fax number on which anyone can send a fax. It delivers the fax to your email as an attachment. Apart from that, it also provides a mailbox in which your faxes are started. The same fax number can also to be used to receive voicemail for free. Read more about this free fax service here.

2) eFax Free: The second choice to get a free fax number is a free account with eFax. It also works a lot like K7, but the major limitation with this is that you need to install special eFax software to open attachments that it sends in your mail. However, it is also free, and works well. Read more about it here.

Send Free Online Fax:

Once you have chosen a free fax number from the above services, you can just start distributing it to those who need to send fax to you. If you need to send a fax yourself, you can use one of the service below:

Send Free Fax in U.S. and Canada: There are 2 services that we like to send fax for free in U.S. and Canada. Our favorite is GotFreeFax. The best part is that it does not adds any logo or advertisement on your fax message. So, it keeps looking professsional looking. Apart from that, the online interface is very easy to use, and you can compose a text message in normal text as well as Rich text and even attach doc or PDF.  Read more about it here.

The second service that we like to send free fax in U.S. and Canada is FaxZero. It also works in same fashion as GotFreeFax, but it adds logo on the cover page of fax. But, hey, it’s free. Read more about it here.

Send Free Fax to 40 countries in the world: If you need to send fax to some other country, then you should try FreeFax Button. It lets you send fax to 40 countries in the world, including U.K., Australia, China, and many others. Even though it can send fax to U.S. and Canada as well, but we do not prefer it for that as the interface is not very intuitive, and it does not sends confirmation in email. Read more about it here.

Using above services, you can send and receive faxes absolutely free without a need to spend any money. If you know about any other services that provide free fax service, please mention in Comments.

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  • Dear Sir,
    We need Virtual Fax Machine Free account.

    • Huynh Hanh

      How can I have this offer?

      • Buddy – There is no special offer. All the websites mentioned above are completely free. Just follow as mentioned above, and you would have free incoming and outgoing fax facility.

  • I was looking for a free fax service and found this article. Thanks for putting this together. I will setup my accounts right away and see if I can make this work for free. ;-)

    • @Ingo: I have personally tried and used each of these, and know for a fact that these work. Let me know if you face any trouble :)

  • Great post.. Came across your site on Google and I have to say I’m very impressed. Keep up the good work and I’ll be coming back for more updates. Thanks again!

    • @Faxing: I am glad you liked it :)

  • Imran

    Hey, thnx for your info. but K7 is only for US. I need to use in Hong Kong. How can i get Hong Kong Local number for fax?


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  • Ritu

    how can i get a free incoming fax number for India?

  • Gary

    Do these sent & received faxes have advertisements on them ?

  • Gary

    Please remove my previous post I read the answer above.


  • Phil

    I’m curious as to else will see personal documents sent or received with these free software.

  • You have compiled an excellent list of faxing resources. Thank you for sharing your information. People need to know where the free resources are located and under what conditions they are actually free.

  • Most free services online will include ads in order to meet costs.

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  • Raulrocks

    FYI – eFax isn’t free anymore.

  • Janaco management

    Signed up for the K7 service today, and tested out the answering end of it. I believe it takes a while for their site and their email as attachment process to happen; probably every thirty minutes etc. I can access my messages over the phone ( perfect and easy), which is nice considering I have a uniden phone. It requires a service like this, else… people think they’re leaving a message, and it vanishes. The fax is what I really want to test out; doing that next.

  • Shannon Foster

    Any chance on any info you don’t have to set up an account for yet? So far they all only have free trials… including the ones you’ve mentioned.

  • Alex Kasten

    This article has been a life saver for me today. THANK YOU!

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