I’ve come to realize that the only businesses in the oil & gas industry who use fax machines are the ones I need to do business with. I don’t know why that is… people always tell me that nobody uses fax machines anymore. I’ve got news for you, I do and it’s not by choice. It’s not every day, but several times I month I end up having to send something somewhere and it has to go by fax. Now mind you, I’m pretty computer savvy, I do all that blog ‘stuff’. I am completely capable of scanning a document into a pdf and emailing it, and these companies are perfectly capable of receiving that email and printing it out. Unfortunately they insist on receiving things by fax.
The funny part is, this has been going on for years. Sometimes I don’t need to send things via fax for a while, six months or so. Inevitably, it will rear its ugly head again. So recently, when a buddy of mine asked me how I handle sending faxes when I don’t have a fax machine handy, I sent him the info on the service I’ve used for the last 3 years — MaxEmail.com.
MaxEmail is a pretty great, inexpensive service that will assign you a fax line and convert your faxes to pdfs and email them to you. They also allow you to ‘fax out’ through their website. I think they also do ‘voicemail to email’ conversion but I don’t use that. Their “Lite” service (the only I use) is only $24/year and you get a fax line (non-local, which means a random area code) that can receive 100 fax pages a month. Obviously I never use 100 fax pages a month, but for $24/year I think it’s a great deal. So I have a fax number to put on my business cards and email signatures, even though it’s extremely rare for someone to use it. If you want to send out faxes from their system they charge you 10 cents a page, but I think I loaded $10 on there years ago and just recently had to refill it.
Of course they have more expensive options where you can pick a local fax number, or have multiple numbers (as a ‘corporate’ types of plan), but again, I don’t use those. I use the bland little $2 a month option, and I like to know that if anyone asks “Yes, you can send me a fax.”
So, if anyone is interested in getting MaxEmail, feel free to check out their site through the banner below. They send me a few bucks if you signup with the, which will certainly help pay for my hosting costs.