GotFreeFax Review: A Faxing Option for Cheapskates

GotFreeFax features a clean, single-screen interface that makes it a snap to send a fax. As a free faxing service, GotFreeFax is more limited than competitor FaxZero, but if your needs meet its limitations, you can escape the annoying cover page branding of FaxZero.

GotFreeFax provides both on-demand and one-time payment credits for faxing — something that can be very appealing for occasional faxers with limited, anticipated faxing needs. However, this service’s basic nature means it lacks the power of such services as Nextiva or MetroFax.

Pricing

The basic free service provides for up three pages per fax, and a maximum of two faxes per day to the U.S. and Canada. That’s similar to FaxZero in its page limit, but FaxZero allows up to five free faxes per day. GotFreeFax provides greater flexibility, though, with its pre-paid and on-demand plans. The premium pay-per-fax service allows for one fax up to 30 pages, with a free fax cover page without ads; pricing starts at 10 pages for $0.98, 20 pages for $1.98, and 30 pages for $2.98.

The prepaid premium GotFreeFax service bills on a per-page basis. Prepaid option are set at 100 pages for $9.95, 300 pages for $19.95, and 1,000 pages for $49.95. You can use the page credits as needed, and they won’t expire. You’ll get an account and PIN and be able to download an image of the fax sent, and do fax broadcasting (though, this may be a pricey way to do volume pages). International pricing also available for the prepaid plan.

Setup

There is no setup required here. If you’re buying a premium prepaid bucket, however, you'll have to enter your email address and name, and then choose the U.S./Canada fax page credit or the International fax credit you’re purchasing.

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File Support

GotFreeFax supports several common formats, including .PDF, .DOC, DOCX, .ODT, .RTF, and .JPEG.

Interface

Basic and to the point, GotFreeFax makes things simple. Enter sender and recipient info, select cover page option and upload files. Everything is presented cleanly, before you’ll even need to scroll down the Web page. You can enter rich text to send a quick on-the-fly fax, or upload the necessary files.

Sending and Receiving

You can upload up to 10 files for a single fax. For the free fax, you need to do a confirmation by replying to an intermediary email, but you get a warning to look for that email as soon as you hit send. The transmission went quickly, and I loved that I could follow up on the transmission via a real-time status update page, and see a final confirmation email.

Bottom Line

GotFreeFax is no replacement for more powerful fax options. But if your focus is solely on sending faxes, and your needs are modest and uncomplicated, GotFreeFax is a better alternative to FaxZero.

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