Fax over VoIP: Benefits and Limitations
Fax over VoIP refers to the process of sending and receiving faxes over an IP network instead of the public telephone network. The key benefit of sending faxes in this manner is that it saves money on long-distance charges. When a user sends a fax over IP, a fax machine transmits the image data as packets through the public Internet instead of over the public telephone network.
Limitations of Fax over VoIP
Faxing has known limitations when implemented as a Fax over IP service. These limitations are technology-based and industry-wide. Several VoIP companies, including 8x8, use the T.38 standard for sending faxes over the Internet. Although the standard promises better reliability, that standard is still open to interpretation by various providers and cannot be maintained on an end-to-end basis.
8x8 cares about providing you with services that meet your needs. If your business is heavily dependent on regularly faxing large, multi-page documents, we recommend that you maintain an analog line and a traditional fax machine for reliable and consistent performance.
8x8 includes Internet faxing free with Virtual Office Pro and we also offer a Fax over VoIP service that connects a traditional fax machine to the Internet via an analog terminal adapter (ATA). For occasional faxing, many of our business customers find these best-efforts fax services to be cost-effective and more than adequate to serve their needs. We encourage you to assess your faxing needs to select the best option for your business.
Unlimited Fax Extension
8x8’s fax over IP solution is based on the T.38 ITU standard for sending faxes across IP networks in a real-time mode. 8x8 fax services work with standard fax machine brands, and cost less than a separate fax line from a landline phone company. Our solution connects your fax machine to the Internet via an analog terminal adapter (ATA).
Service plan includes:
- Unlimited inbound faxes
- Unlimited outbound faxes to the US/Canada
- International faxes billed at 8x8 International rates
Call 1.866.835.2979 to talk to an 8x8 Business Solutions Specialist
Fax Metered Extension
The 8x8 Fax Metered Extension service plan includes 300 minutes of outgoing faxes plus unlimited incoming faxes. It connects your fax machine to the Internet via an analog terminal adapter (ATA). Extra domestic outgoing fax minutes are billed at 3.5 cents with outgoing international faxes billed at 8x8 International rates.
Fax Metered Extension – Second Port Activation
Includes 300 minutes of outgoing faxes per month plus unlimited incoming faxes. This option is for customers that already have an ATA connected to 8x8 service. Extra domestic outgoing fax minutes are billed at 3.5 cents, with outgoing international faxes billed at 8x8 International rates.
To order this Service, login to your account on the 8x8 Account Manager and select “Fax Extension – 2nd Port Activation” from “Add-On Services”.