Can I hook up a fax machine to my iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gsfgf, May 16, 2008.

  1. gsfgf macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    I really need faxing capabilities, but I don't want to pay $25 a month for a land line. Is there a way to hook up a fax machine to the iPhone? Before y'all say to just send emails, let me remind you that people often want real faxes since you can send legal documents via fax. PDFs don't meet this requirement. Also, it's way easier for the person on the other end to receive a a real fax than a PDF that needs to be printed. I saw that eFax site, but the magic smoke must have come out of my scanner at some point, so i would still need to buy a device and a traditional fax will work way better. Plus, it appears that the free eFax account won't allow me to send faxes, which is more critical than being able to receive them.
  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Do you know of any cell phone that allow you to send a fax? I doubt it.

    You can tether your iPhone to your computer and send efax.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I can see a cool 3rd party app - FaxIt!

    Allows you to open an attachment, note, or calendar and fax it from your iPhone to the fax machine by putting in the fax number.

    Maybe in 2.0
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    Cheaper than a landline

    Faxes send to your email and you can send faxes from the website.
  6. gsfgf thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    It's just beeps and warbles. It shouldn't matter to the machine on the other end.
  7. lindsayanng macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2008
    East Haven, CT
    I have used and ringcentral to send faxes from my cpu, you can EASILY do that through your phone too because of it's email capabilities.You would just have to prepare the documents on the computer.. if its signatures you need to fax, then you might have an issue because you would need to scan it into your cpu.
  8. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    break it down, if you could use ur computer as a fax machine and then tether the data using iPhone, is there an app which will let you do this?

    if your fax machine has a scanner you can sscan and send the documents.
  9. cdownton macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2008
    You ain't got no alibi

    Your iPhone is gonna look really ugly if you connect a fax machine to it.

    There are a ton of fax services that will send you faxes as pdf's to your email. Just google. HEre's one

    UK people get this free because these companies can make money from 'national rate' phone numbers. YAC was one.
  10. jeepney macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2010

    you would think with Steve jobs infinite wizzdom and the all the bluetooth and wifi devices he would include faxing in the Iphone , itouch and ipad
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    At my old job we had a fax line that went to an email address, and feel like you should be able to do the reverse. It was set up before I got there, so I'm not sure how it works, but it may be something to check out.
  13. rrandyy macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2009
    It does matter because cell phones use a vocoder. It doesnt send audio as plain audio. Instead, it uses algorithms to remove changes in the audio that individuals would not normally hear, or that is not important to them. As a result, fax signals would become distorted.

    This is the same reason VOIP companies such as vonage usually don't support fax machines, or charge extra for fax services because they can't compress the audio as much.
  14. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    Interesting how 7on mentions my fax dot com in his post reply, and that ad appeared at the bottom of the thread. Very "Minority Report"-like.
  15. mrkjsn macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    There's a scanner app that does a great job of capturing the document images called JotNot. I use it to scan my work expenses instead of having to use my big scanner. Maybe use that then upload the document to I've never tried it but it's a start...
  16. rifusw macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    fax from iPhone

    I use a website designed for mobile phones and PDAs. You just connect to Internet from the iPhone and send or receive faxes online, a small fee is required, but it's nothing compared to a land line.
  17. applefan022 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2010
    Little Rock, AR
  18. yespi macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    Try you get unlimited incoming faxes for just $1 a month and outgoing for just pennies a min.

    I use this all the time I take a picture with my phone and I convert it to a PDF with a free iPhone app than I send it as an email attachment to the desired fax# only the attached file will be sent.

    For an example if I want to fax a document to 1-555-555-1212 I send a email with the attached document to and within a min I get a confirmation email.
  19. the.sheepdog macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2009
    Central FL
    I don't want to fax from my IP4 but I might want it to connect to the car and use 3G to drive me places instead of using gasoline!

    and while we are at it can IP4 control my ac in the house? Who needs a digital thermostat!

    and I want IP4 to wash my clothing too and do the dishes!

    No more silly than wanting to fax from a cell phone!
  20. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    search Fax or in the App stores there are tons of Apps programs that allow you to send and receive fax's I bet one will at least get you by. Also google produced allot of hits. though none let you plug your fax machine into a iphone. personally I want to hook up my 8 track player, still looking for that one.
  21. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    What are you going on about? Considering you can get full house controls on your phone if you have the right system in place... It would be more like asking your MBP to accept floppy discs.
  22. Jay23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012

    well I had my 4s for quite a while, the way I did it... I sent fax's by connecting my blackberry 8900 through blue tooth to my laptop and sent fax's that way.
  23. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Don't hate on the OP. People probably laughed at this once:

    OP, eFax or similar is really a great option. I use one for work and it's flawless.
  24. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    :D In the OP's defense, there are still some government offices and educational institutions that will not accept a scanned document attached as a PDF via email. You can call them and tell them how stupid that is and demand they accept it, but you'll get nowhere -- which means your other alternative is sending a form via snail mail.
  25. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Just Betamax.

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