6 Mobile Apps for Managing Faxes on the Road

Admit it: As much as your business relies on email for communications with customers and business partners, you probably need to send or receive a fax document at least once a week, and that isn’t likely to change soon. Data from Research and Markets suggests that the fax service industry will reach $2 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 15.2 percent compared with 2011.

When you’re in the office, dealing with faxes is a pretty straightforward task, thanks to those multifunction all-in-one devices that handle printing, scanning, and sending and receiving faxes. Things get more complicated when you’re on the road with just your smartphone, but mobile applications are emerging to support your needs.

If you use a paid internet-fax service, such as eFax or MetroFax, consider downloading their new, free mobile companions for Apple iOS or Android. Both apps enable you to receive faxes or to create and send them, using your smartphone’s digital camera to capture an image and route it accordingly.

Even if you don’t have a fax service, you can grab other mobile applications that let you “scan” documents and send them electronically to either an email address or to a traditional fax machine. Some even allow for annotations or electronic signatures.

Here are six apps to consider for your mobile fax needs.

  1. Breezy Print and Fax (Android, BlackBerry, iOS; free, credits required — starting at $1.99 for 10): This free utility for printing documents from your smartphone doubles as an outbound fax machine. You send faxes by selecting the Breezy menu option within a document on your mobile device and then entering a fax number. You’ll need to use credits to send your document; the app may also be finicky if you have other printer utilities installed.
  2. Fax Viewer (iOS; $1.99, plus in-app purchases): If you use an electronic fax service, this is a basic image-processing program that lets you view, via smartphone, the documents that arrive in your inbox. You can view multipage faxes page by page; by incorporating premium-priced in-app readers, you can convert an electronic fax from TIFF format into a document, print it, or store it on a file-sharing service like Dropbox.
  3. iFax (Android, iOS; free app, plus 99 cents to send up to five pages, $12.99 per month for incoming faxes): This mobile app can both send and receive faxes. The outbound portion uses documents you retrieve from a Dropbox cloud storage account or from iPhone Mail. You can also create a cover page, fill in forms, write notes, and send a multipage fax after signing it. Supported file types include PDF, Microsoft Office formats, and images.
  4. JotNot Fax (iOS; free app, plus 99 cents per fax): JotNot Fax is an outbound-only fax app that keeps it simple, allowing you to send PDF documents to fax numbers in the U.S. and Canada. The app requires you to use a cloud file-storage service such as Box.net, iDisk, or Dropbox to retrieve documents you want to send. You can use another application, JotNot Signature, to digitally sign your document. The developer also offers scanning applications and is working on Android versions of its software.
  5. MobileToolz Pro (iOS; $9.99, plus FaxPacks): This multifaceted utility allows you to print, fax, scan, view presentations, and a slew of other tasks. You can fax documents stored on cloud storage sites, but you have to import your document into MobileToolz first. You can also type directly into the application using a regular keyboard and a web browser.
  6. Scan, Print, Fax Pro (iOS; $2.99): One of several apps that lets you photograph or “scan” an image of a document using your smartphone’s digital camera and then fax it to any number using an internet fax service. The application price includes a minimum one-year subscription to Interfax. You have to pay a “few cents per page” when you send faxes.

Which mobile fax apps do you use that other small-business owners may find helpful? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the Comments field below.

About Heather Clancy

Heather Clancy is an award-winning journalist with a passion for transformative technology, small business and green business issues. Her articles have appeared in AllBusiness.com, Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. Heather is a regular contributor to CBSi, Forbes & GreenBusiness.com.
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1 comments
Robert Yullich
Robert Yullich

My provider has really been promising me heavens by my business seems to drift apart. The list is really worth considering.

GoogleFaxGuide
GoogleFaxGuide

I've tried many of these alternatives, but ultimately I've settled to using eFax's mobile app.  For me it's better to paya  plan than individual pages. RingCentral also offers an app but unfortunately you can't compose new faxes from there.  Thanks for the list!

Tom
Tom

Yeah iv'e been trying to use the #1, and #6 but in the end i opted for a french service provider, sending faxes to emails has become essential for my business as a lot of my clients don't own a fax machine and everyone wants to be informed. Great article, keep it up!

Julie
Julie

uFax is best fax app in the cloud, available for mobile users from computer, tablet, iphone, android.

#ufax @uReachcom 

Jorg
Jorg

Hello guys, i am using Fax App from Popfax http://www.popfax.com on my iPhone, it comes totally free, and i can send/receive faxes directly on my iphone, also PDF and Pictures, and scans. 

Author55
Author55

Why doesn't an app exist that allows faxes to be sent to your iPhone number. A notification comes up for an incoming fax call, you click receive and the incoming fax arrives as a PDF. No Internet services required no extra fees. Surely this is do-able

rissen
rissen

Install the Popcompanion app from iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry Marketplace and take pictures with your smartphone’s built-in camera and fax them at once. In other words, your smartphone becomes a real pocket fax machine: just scan the pages of a document one after the other with your smartphone’s camera and send the resulting assembled document to your fax correspondent. Learn more www.popfax.com

Danielle
Danielle

uFax is a great app that isn't mentioned here. Free iOS app, with low cost service $4.99/mo just 4.9 page ...

 

lets you take a photograph with your camera and send it to a fax. for me signing a document that i had to fax to someone was a hassle so having this app is really helpful and for the 4.99/mo, that is as much as one fax at staples and here i can use it anytime i need to send or receive from my iphone, so it's worth it to me.

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phone service

This is one helpful post for mobile applications for fax, it's a big help indeed especially those who are looking for one.

rissen
rissen

 @Author55 Good idea ) But this is partially a way backward. With www.popfax.com the faxes are received automatically in your account and email without your implication. Imagine, there are tens or even hundreds of faxes sent to your company daily, are you ready to receive all these to your iphone anytime? Your foreign partners from another bottom of the world will fax you for sure during their working hours. Should I continue?

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