The 0800 Number Company offers a Fax to Email service for 0800 numbers, 0845 numbers, 0844 numbers and virtual numbers. What is Fax to Email? Jemma Fox, Marketing Director of The 0800 Number Company looks at the service.
“The idea behind Fax-to-Email with 0800 numbers, 0845 numbers, 0844 numbers and local numbers is relatively simple” says Jemma Fox. “Essentially, the old fax machine has had its day. It has become more or less obsolete because of emails. It is outdated for a number of reasons. Firstly, it isn’t that easy to use. Sending an email is so much more simple than sending a fax. Young people entering the work place for the first time don’t really know how to use a fax because they just aren’t as commonplace as they used to be. I’ve seen interns looking blank when asked to send a fax. Back in the 80s and 90s everybody had one. Secondly, they aren’t very efficient. You have to keep it switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Bank Holidays, Christmas, the lot. If you don’t, you won’t get the faxes. So they are a drain on electricity. They also use loads of paper, plus ink and toner, and the chances are that most, if not all, of the fax print out will end up in the bin. So they’re not green, or cost effective. Thirdly they are a drain on time, because you have to keep checking the fax machine to see if you have received a fax. Fourthly, they are a pain for filing!”
So, what makes fax-to-email better than an ordinary fax. “Fax-to-email has taken the fax machine of the 1980s and brought it into the 21st century” says Fox. “Despite everything I have said, businesses still need a fax machine. If another business or a customer asks you for your fax number and you say that you don’t have a fax machine, they look at you like you’re from a different planet! You can explain all about how unenvironmentally friendly a fax machine is until you’re blue in the face, but the fact is that some people think that you’re not a very credible company if you don’t have a fax machine. So, fax-to-email is the solution. You can still give out your fax number on documents or when people ask for it, but when they send you a fax it gets sent straight to your email as a PDF. Therefore, you can turn your computer off as usual, and when you turn it back on your fax will be there waiting for you with all the rest of your emails. You can delete it if you so choose, or save it on your computer with other emails regarding that client or individual. Thus you save paper, electricity, ink or toner, you have your faxes in the same place as your emails, and it is so much easier and efficient than a fax machine! It really is the green alternative!”
The 0800 Number Company charges a one of set up fee of £5 + VAT and then a monthly rental of £5 + VAT for each fax-to-email number. You pay 3p + VAT per minute to receive the faxes with an 0800 number, get a 1p per minute rebate with 0844, aren’t charged with an 0845 number, and they use per second billing. Only 30 days notice is needed to cancel the service, and they offer discounts for multiple numbers. You cannot use the same number as a voice call number, but if you have an 0800, 0845, 0844 or local number then it makes sense to have them to match.