Send and Receive Faxes Directly from Your Android Device
An online fax service gives many small businesses the ability to send and receive faxes without being tied to a landline. More and more online fax services have also started offering smartphone apps, which let you do your faxing right from your phone, instead of going through a website or email. We wrote recently about faxing services that provide iPhone apps; here we’ve featured services that offer Android apps.
(Note: each company’s app is free, but you must be a subscriber of their service to use it.)
MetroFax: MetroFax‘s Value and Essential plans, which allow for 500 and 1,000 pages per month respectively, come with an Android app which lets you turn your phone into a fax machine by either faxing attachments from your phone, or snapping a picture of a document to fax. The app also allows you to view sent faxes, use contact information on your phone to address faxes, and forward faxes to another fax number or email address, and it supports cloud based printing.
RingCentral: RingCentral’s app lets users send and receive faxes by accessing photos, email attachments and cloud storage (Dropbox & Box). One significant limitation is that although RingCentral gives you the ability to e-sign documents using their softphone, desktop application, you can’t e-sign faxes using the app. On the flip side, if you are a RingCentral Professional or Office customer, the app also lets you manage your business phone system from your Android. Phone system features of the app include showing your RingCentral business number as caller ID when you make calls, business SMS feature to send and receive texts with your local RingCentral number, and the ability to make VoIP calls over WiFi without using carrier minutes.
eFax: This app lets users create and send faxes with a phone camera, cloud storage or email attachments, and also lets you sign faxes with your finger on the touchscreen, or take a picture of your signature and use that. It also lets you print faxes directly from your phone or tablet using Google Cloud Print.