PamFax: Obligation-Free Fax Worldwide On Demand

Obligation-Free, On Demand Faxing Anywhere Worldwide

pamfax3 logo thumb PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandPamFax is an Internet-based service that lets you quickly and easily take a document from any of multiple sources and fax the document to any fax number worldwide. Fundamentally, if you have access to an Internet browser, a Windows or Mac PC, or any of several mobile devices, PamFax turns your fax activity into a totally ad hoc, pay-as-you-go service.

PamFax not only replaces the overhead of a fax machine and fax phone line but also allows you to perform and manage your fax activity from any PC, smartphone or or tablet (iPad, Android, BlackBerry 10) with an Internet connection. And the documents are selected not only from your local scanner or PC applications, but also from online file sharing services such as Dropbox, Boxnet, OneDrive and Google Drive.

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PamFax is the ideal “hard copy” document communications service for both the home or small business office and road warriors.  Securely send and receive fax documents in real time at any hotel, airport or coffee shop with Internet access. In fact, it can be used as a road warrior’s printer by “printing” a document to your local hotel’s fax number.

Registration of a PamFax account is free and includes three free “test” pages and, where available, a one month trial subscription to an inbound PamFax number. While PamFax offers a Pay-As-You-Go plan as a basic obligation-free service with no monthly payments to maintain an account, PamFax also offers annual subscription plans (that include an inbound PamFax number) and PamFax Credit packs that can reduce your ongoing costs per page. There is no credit card required at registration; payments are made via secure third party services such as PayPal.

The PamFax wizard is the user interface to PamFax’s operation. But an Internet-based service also needs a responsive and secure back end. Over the past couple of years the PamFax backend was updated to deliver faxes almost immediately after hitting the Send Fax button. Other issues addressed have been robustness, scalability, mirroring and overall reliability; the PamFax supporting infrastructure has evolved into a very mature back end, ready to deliver faxes to over 250 countries worldwide within minutes of sending them.

The Cost Saving:

  • Sending Faxes: PamFax is totally ad hoc; send faxes on demand from a PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet or a BlackBerry 10 phone at PamFax Pay-as-You-Go rates starting at €0.09/$0.14 per page. Per page cost varies by destination country and PamFax Credit Pack purchased.
    • No fax machine, no fax phone line required; no ongoing monthly payments or obligations to maintain your account.
    • Sign up here and get send your first three faxes free; more details under “Sending Faxes” below.
    • No charge for sending a document from PamFax to another PamFax number.
  • Sending and Receiving Faxes:
    • A Basic PamFax Plan provides a local fax number, in one of 31 countries, for just over $5.00 per month.
    • the PamFax Pro Plan includes 20 outbound faxes per month and a Control Panel for administering PamFax across a business operation. At a cost under $9.00 per month and including 20 faxes along with a company administration feature, PamFax certainly undercuts the costs of a landline phone line and the associated long distance charges.
    • Receive an unlimited number of faxes at no charge beyond the Plan price.
    • Check out “Receiving Faxes” below for more details; click here to sign up to a PamFax plan.
Free Sign Up for PamFax

Using PamFax

Sending Faxes

bbz30 files  list  a 199x300 PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandPamFax has multiple approaches for sourcing a document for faxing:

  • scan a hard copy document from almost any scanner or take a photo with your mobile device camera;
  • select a stored document on your PC or
  • select a document from an online file sharing service: Dropbox, Box.net, OneDrive and Google Drive
  • fax a document directly from Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (Windows PC’s only)
  • “print” a document from within a Windows application using PamFax as the Windows printer.

pamfax downloadbuttons 2014 118x300 PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandThe PamFax wizard is available on almost every major desktop (Windows, MacOS/X,Linux) and mobile platform, including the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire tablets and BlackBerry 10 phones.  Simply click here to download for the PC versions or go to the appropriate mobile app store, as indicated below, and install the appropriate application, set up an account and start faxing. Once you have created an account you can also send faxes directly from any PC-based web browser from within the PamFax web portal.

PamFax 3.0, with its newly launched innovative and simplified user interface, is available for Windows XP/7/8 Desktop (Beta currently), Windows 8 “Modern”iOS 6/7Android 4.0 or later and BlackBerry 10. In addition to a new opening menu interface, PamFax 3.0 includes the ability to preview faxes, access the Send and Receive fax archive directly within the application  and manage your account settings, with the last two eliminating the need to go to the PamFax web portal.

winxp 7 8 desktop outlooktab PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandPamFax 3.0 is fully integrated into Windows as a Printer  and as a Windows Explorer context (right click) menu option. On installing PamFax 3.0 you can “PamFax” directly from Microsoft Word and Excel; there is also an Outlook plug for faxing an email,, an email attachment or an email along with an attachment. Finally PamFax 3.0 for Windows also provides an option to schedule the time for sending a fax.

pf3 ios  menuscreen 240px 169x300 PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandFor PamFax 3.0 on all supported devices the actual faxing process comprises five or six steps:

  • enter the recipient’s fax number and name (unlimited)
    • manually
    • for mobile devices, select fax contacts from the native device Contacts
    • for Windows Desktop, import a .csv file of names and fax numbers
  • select a document source
    • scan, camera (mobile devices), native documents, online sources
  • select the document to be sent
  • (optional) add a cover page and enter cover page text
    • create and store your own cover page template
  • preview the fax
  • send the fax

Use the Settings to:

  • Manage your PamFax profile, including the password
  • Buy PamFax credits
  • Designate fax notification destinations (Skype chat, SMS and/or email)
  • Send the fax

Costs start at €0.11 (~$0.10) per page and vary by destination country. Costs are lowered through the purchase of PamFax Credit Packs.

PamFax Management

pf3 ios  settingsscreen 240px PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandOnce you have created a PamFax account, all PamFax activities can be managed via a personalized PamFax Portal, or, where PamFax 3.0 is available, via the Settings option in the application. On the portal is a Dashboard with a fax log, user account settings, access to purchase PamFax Credit Packs and fax number subscriptions and the PamFax Company Manager. In the PamFax 3.0 application the Settings menu manages user profile, notification settings, language, currency and access to purchase PamFax Credits or a PamFax plan.

From the web portal Dashboard, you can send faxes using the web application, retrieve faxes for viewing; basically it’s a readily accessible record of all your PamFax activity, including logs. Unique to the web Portal is access to the PamFax Company Manager which allows you to add/remove users, assign PamFax credits and track fax usage.

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Note that with the Basic plan, fax logs are archived for 30 days; with the PamFax Pro plan, fax logs are archived permanently.

Receiving Faxes

ios inbox  long 1 PamFax: Obligation Free Fax Worldwide On DemandPamFax also offers two plans for receiving faxes:

PamFax Basic plan for personal faxing:

  • A fax number in any of 31 countries, usually in your local area code
  • 12 month subscription
  • Free and unlimited fax reception; no per page charge
  • Receive faxes as a PDF file at PamFax portal and, optionally, in a DropBox, Box or Google Drive folder
  • No advertising
  • ~$70 per year

PamFax Pro Plan is for companies who want to administer and manage employee fax activity:

  • Your own local area fax number
  • 12 month subscription
  • Free and unlimited fax reception
  • Receive faxes as a PDF file
    • in the Company and User PamFax portals
    • in a DropBox, Google Drive, Box or OneDrive folder
  • Send 20 pages per month at no additional cost
  • Fax history log never expires
  • Share a fax number and assign PamFax credit using PamFax Manager
  • No advertising
  • Failed faxes are not charged.
  • ~US$105 per year (price may vary with currency exchange rate fluctuations)

PamFax 3.0 for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 allows you to send faxes directly from these smart devices, including documents stored on the device as well as documents from online file sharing services such as Dropbox,  device file, online document, and Box.. If you have an inbound PamFax number, you can view your Sent and Received faxes within the application or  in a designated Dropbox, Box, OneDrive or File Manager applications on these devices. The latter feature makes them accessible on the cloud and, thus, on other platforms.

These applications are also linked into the device’s Contacts application for assigning the destination fax number.

The iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry 10 applications will even fax a black and white version of your photos in either your photo gallery or directly from the camera.

Note that while PamFax 3.0 has a consistent menu across all mobile devices each of the phones and the tablets have a user interface appropriate to the size and format of the display. Below is the opening screen of PamFax for iPad:

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One more feature of PamFax 3.0 on mobile version is that you can tap on the fax image in the Inbox, Sent and preview to immediately view the fax without needing to save the file and opening, say, Adobe Reader. On Android this process is not quite as easy, the file is downloaded, then you need to find it in the pull down history bar and open it in a browser.

Since its launch in late 2007, Voice On The Web has covered the evolution of PamFax from its beginnings as a Send Only service on Windows to its current state of being a complete Send/Receive service on multiple platforms involving documents created and stored on a PC as well as those stored in an online file sharing service. Click here to access our many posts about PamFax.

Full  disclosure: The third party mobile app developer and the marketing agency became clients of the author in the course of the development of the mobile versions of PamFax 3.0. The entire mobile development project arose as a result of the author’s attendance at a session on BlackBerry application development at BlackBerry Live in May, 2013 and his encouragement to have PamFax move from an Android port to a native BlackBerry application to take full advantage of links into BlackBerry 10 features. This could only be justified, however, by developing a new simplified user interface for all three platforms using the PhoneGap developer tool. On the other hand the author has been a non-compensated beta tester of various versions of PamFax since its launch in late 2007. There are affiliate links in this post but they only apply if the reader downloads the Windows version of PamFax 3.0 or Mac OS/X version of PamFax 2.x. Affiliate links for the mobile applications have not been made available.

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Publisher’s Expertise and Background:

About PamConsult
Founded in 2006, privately held Pam Consult is a developer and publisher of communications utility software and web-based utilities for business, including the widely popular Skype utility Pamela, which complements Skype with call recording, personalization and call-management features for millions of users worldwide. Beyond publishing and developing software, PamConsult also provides a full range of customer-management and support services and recently launched PamBill to provide invoice-generation, customer-management and reporting capabilities for the Jimdo website-creation and –builder offering.

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Requirements:

  • Platforms: Windows XP/7/8 (Desktop or Modern),Mac OS/X, Linux, iOS 6 or 7  (iPhone, iPad), Android (4.0 or later), BlackBerry 10.2.1 or later

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Installation Comments: When installing you will be asked to agree with the license.

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