Bitcoin Fax – Send Fax Online and Pay with Bitcoins
UPDATE (December 2018) : Bitcoin Fax seems to be down and the main page de-indexed from major search engines. So for now, the information detailed in this article won't work. If you are looking to send a fax online, we invite you to check out our guide on how to send fax from Gmail.
We'll update this page in case the service goes back online.
Have you heard about Bitcoin Fax? It's a new website that promises a fast and easy way to send faxes online. But there are a couple of differences between this service and services that charge for a monthly plan:
- You pay for your faxes using exclusively Bitcoin currency or BTC.
- You don't need to create an account.
The launch of the service was announced just a few days ago on Reddit and has received its share of positive feedback. It basically lets you send fax to multiple countries all around the World, by paying a certain fee per page sent. The fee varies according to the country of destination.
One of the biggest reasons why many people don’t sign up for an online fax service plan, is that they only need to send a single fax or a few pages, and they don't need a way to receive faxes.
For these users, a monthly fax plan is not really the best alternative because they don’t really need an online fax number and hundreds of pages to fax per month. Using a "free fax website" on the other hand, is not a viable option mainly because it's insecure and they include a branded cover page with ads.
As you can see on the video tutorial above, using Bitcoin Fax is fairly simple. To get started, head towards their website at https://www.bitcoinfax.net, and fill out the details of your fax. Here's a rundown of how it works:
- Enter the receiver's fax number and country of destination.
- Then click on "Choose PDF" to attach the file from your computer. Unfortunately this is the only file format you are allowed to fax via Bitcoin Fax. If you have another format you'll need to convert it first to PDF. The file you upload will be converted into a fax signal, which means it can be received by any old fax machine as well as computers.
- Finally, press Send to be taken to the Checkout area. Here you pay for your fax according to the destination fee and the pages included in the transmission. You can pay either by scanning the unique QR Code generated on the page or by clicking on the link to use BTC from your Bitcoin Wallet.
Now you'll just need to wait for the fax transmission to complete. This will depend on the amount of pages you have sent, but it shouldn't take more than just a couple of minutes. You don't have to do anything, other than wait for the confirmation message on your email inbox, which contains all the fax details including the number, the filename, the amount of pages and the exact time it was delivered.
How reliable is it? Well, we have tested this service a couple of times and it did the job, but we have heard about users who have had trouble getting a fax delivered. We prefer using a monthly-based service given the amount of fax we take care of each month, but also because these service are much more reliable and secure.
One thing that I’d like to add is that this is not a Gmail-compatible service, like the ones we review. We have included it in our website for those of you looking just to send a quick fax, but Bitcoin Fax only serves as a portal to send faxes. They don’t provide fax numbers for those of us who also want to receive faxes digitally, and well that’s why we have not included it in our reviews.
Still, if you use Bitcoins for online payments and don’t have to send faxes regularly, BitcoinFax is an option you should definitely check out.