Just the Fax, Ma’am
Is faxing obsolete? I think so. We really don’t need it anymore.
It is more efficient to scan a document and attach it to an email it than to fax it. It is certainly more convenient to receive a document attached to an email wherever you are than it is to have to be home to receive a fax.
- increases the price of the “all-in-one” printer
- requires a dedicated phone line (or coordination between one phone line and your voice mail)
- demands you know/store a unique fax number or call the recipient to alert him/her it’s coming
- uses paper (including a cover sheet)
- leaves you with a hard copy that you may or may not have needed to print
- requires scanning a document (single and multiple pages)
- requires attaching the document to an email
- requires downloading, saving, and opening an attachment
If you are ready to purchase a new printer, you may consider buying one without the fax function. If you have a dedicated fax line, you may no longer need it.
And, of course, the ever-increasing number of forms that you can download from the internet — and fill out and send back electronically — probably precludes the need to fax much at all anymore.
The scanning/attaching option saves money and paper and is often more convenient.