Perhaps the best thing about online faxing is that you no longer have to listen to the screeching noise when you dial a fax number. That’s not the only feature that has helped send faxing into the 21st century though. Online fax services now offer increased security, faster sending times, sleek mobile apps, and much more. Two such services are FAX.PLUS and MetroFax, both filled with handy functions to suit modern needs. However, they don’t have the exact same features so which one you should go for depends on how you intend to use your online fax service.
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Microsoft Outlook Integration||Contact list|
|Fax Machine Support|
|Desktop Software||MetroFax Messenger|
|Fax Numbers and Additional Fees|
|Cancellation Fee||($40 if ported out)|
|Setup, Activation Fee||Free|
|Money Back Guarantee||n/a|
|Available Payment Methods|
|Languages||EN, FR, DE, JP||EN|
The cuckoo clock, cheese, chocolate, and FAX.PLUS – Switzerland is known for many things. Created in 2015, FAX.PLUS now claims to be the number one online fax service in the world. It’s a big claim, but there are plenty of things to enjoy. Certainly, the service has one of the best designs around and there are plenty of features too. Users can import contacts from spreadsheets, blacklist unwanted numbers, and add digital signatures to faxes. Another neat aspect of FAX.PLUS is that you can integrate the service with Microsoft Office, meaning you could send a fax directly from Word. If you need even more integrations, Enterprise users will be able to access the service’s API to develop their own app. On top of that, there’s an admin panel – perfect for businesses that want to create a hierarchical structure for their users.
FAX.PLUS is a flexible service too, offering five different pricing tiers. What’s even better is that one of these tiers is completely free, so you’ll be able to send 10 free faxes a month without paying any installation fees.
While FAX.PLUS is a relatively new service on the faxing market, rival solution MetroFax has been going since 1997. Now a part of j2 Global – the company that also owns eFax – the service has used its experience to its advantage. MetroFax allows you to manage your messages well, with customized folders and tags to make finding your faxes easier. All of this is stored in an encrypted inbox with unlimited storage. One missing feature from MetroFax is the lack of electronic signatures, although it does allow you to send faxes to up to 50 recipients at once. The MetroFax mobile app is particularly useful if you want to fax on the go, allowing you to import your phone’s contacts and send files directly from your device.
Unfortunately, MetroFax doesn’t offer a free version like FAX.PLUS does but you can take advantage of its 14-day free trial — just make sure to cancel your account before your trial ends. Prices are reasonable though, especially when you choose annual billing to get extra savings.
As we’ve seen, both FAX.PLUS and MetroFax have been able to take faxing into the future with some helpful features. For businesses FAX.PLUS looks like a strong contender – the ability to add extra users and manage them through an admin panel is something not many of its rivals offer. The free version makes it a tempting solution for anyone who only wants to send a few faxes every month. MetroFax meanwhile is a much simpler service, but it does offer some very interesting features. The ability to add digital signatures is important and we really appreciate the Microsoft Office integrations. Thanks to the free plan and free trials available for both of these, it may be best to test them out thoroughly before you decide which one is right for you.