Before email, before instant messaging, before texting and smart phones, there was the fax. While it’s normal to think that faxing has gone the way of the typewriter, the truth is faxing is still very much alive. In fact, it’s a big part of many industries and even required by some.
So to make sure you have the most current information – and a good store of knowledge should you appear as a contestant on Jeopardy! and the Daily Double is a fax-related question – we offer a couple quiz questions.
1. Some advantages of an Internet fax service over a fax machine are:
A. No need to go back to the office to read your faxes
B. Internet fax accounts never have busy signals on inbound faxes
C. Because they’re electronic, your faxes can travel with you more easily
D. All of the above
All of the above. Since Internet fax services are tied to your email account, you can receive faxes anywhere you can get email. That also means you can store your faxes on your laptop or other device so they’re always handy. And if multiple people send you faxes at one time, your Internet fax service will never return a busy signal.
2. The monthly cost for an Internet fax service is roughly the same as using a fax machine.
False. It’s actually a lot less. With a fax machine you have the cost of the machine, plus a dedicated phone line, toner, paper and electricity. The only cost for an Internet fax service is the service itself. You’re really looking at pennies per day for 24x7x365 access to your important faxes.