The iPad Lawyer | Just the Fax, Ma’am
Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.
Recently, during my live events, I have been asked about sending and receiving facsimiles from your iPad and iPhone. Personally, I don’t know why you wouldn’t train others to send you emails and attachments instead. But . . . for those of you who are still wedded to your facsimile workflow, you will find what I’m about to tip to you to be a godsend.
So . . .
Yes, you can receive facsimile transmissions on your iOS device.
Yes, you can send facsimile transmissions on your iOS device.
Yes, there are even a few free services.
That being said, there are many of the facsimile apps that just don’t seem to work or have poor reviews.
Here’s the roundup of what you will want to consider:
You will need an account. You provide them with your email address. In return, they send you a temporary facsimile number that remains valid for 24 hours. You can send and receive your facsimiles with this number. You are sent any incoming transmissions to your email address with an attachment. With the free version. you are limited to 25 pages per month and 5 pages in any one transmission. Incoming facsimiles are stored as PDFs.
When you’re ready to upgrade and get a permanent toll-free phone number for incoming and outgoing facsimile transmissions, you can pay $9.97 or $19.97 per month depending on the options you want.
Fax Burner also integrates with Dropbox and box.com.
iFax is free to download as an app. But it is not free to use. Here’s the current pricing structure:
Up to 5 pages – $.99
Up to 10 pages – $1.99
Up to 15 pages – $2.99
Up to 20 pages – $3.99
Up to 25 pages – $4.99
There are also pricing plans for unlimited facsimile transmissions for 1, 3, 6, and 12-month periods.
Another one of those free app but pay-as-you-go structures. In-app credits range from $1.99 for a 10-pack up to $19.99 for a 100-pack.
Strangely, this app costs $1.99 for the Lite version and $8.99 for the Pro version just to download. Then there are in-app purchases for transmissions.
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial. After that, there are Lite, Plus, and Corporate plans that will cost you a $10 activation fee and then from $24 per year up to $9.95 per month (a corporate account is more). Here is the pricing plan comparison page:
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Then you pay $10 per month that allows you to send up to 100 pages and receive up to 200 pages per month. While the pricing is certainly enticing, the current app reviews are less than favorable at the moment.
RECOMMENDATION: From my research, I would go with Fax Burner or iFax at the moment.
But . . .
With the increased stability, reliability, and effectiveness of cloud storage providers and email (including Microsoft Office 365’s new 1 TB storage capacity for OneDrive), I urge you to move away from facsimile transmittals to the extent possible.
Additionally, you can use your iOS device as a scanner to create PDFs that can then be sent by email. Two of my recommendations for this type of workflow are:
Scanner Pro by Readdle
Whether you use one of the iOS facsimile apps or put my suggested workflow into play, now is the perfect time to move to a paperless office. You will find that documents are easier to store and access.
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