It’s time for the Mobile App of the Week. This week we are concentrating on the Android version of eFax, the fax and document management app from J2 Global Inc.
After signing up for a free 30 day trial or full account on the eFax website, users will have access to their files, both on their mobile or tablet device, and through their account on the eFax website. The app, which is free to download, allows users to link documents to a cloud based server.
How does eFax work?
When you receive your fax number (based your location) and have signed in to your account, you are directed to a home page. On the homepage, you can choose to send a fax, see your inbox, manage your contact list, or view and manage your folders.
To create a fax, you click on "Send a Fax" and have to either download a file from email or take a photo of it. When creating and sending a fax, you type in the recipients fax number followed by @efaxsend.com and it will be sent to your contact. Faxes can be sent and converted to PDF's, TIFF's and EFX's.
eFax’s Android app is available from the Google Play store for Android users for users with version 2.2 or higher. It currently has a rating of 3.5.
Although it’s available as a free download, in order to use it you must have an eFax account. As was mentioned there is a free 30 day trial available to those who are unsure if they want to keep the app. In signing up for the trial, you also have to provide your credit card information in case you want to continue with the service. There are two paid options available:
- Monthly Billing: US$ 16.95 per month
- Annual Saver: US$ 169.50 per year
If you aren't an Android user, there is also an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad version of the of the app.
Pros of the eFax app
Even though they state that users merely have to “Shoot, send and fax”, eFax offers users a variety of document management tools.
- You can either take photos of printed faxes or download documents from an email or the cloud.
- Documents don’t need to be signed before being transferred to an eFax account as there's an option to add a digital signature.
- Even if documents have already been sent out to a contact, they can be updated and edited.
- Faxes can be tagged and archived, which allows them to be easily searched and accessed at a later date.
- You can either use the contact list in your phone or make one for the app when choosing who to send a document to.
- You can sync up to 5 emails to your eFax account.
- You can choose a local or toll-free number for your account. There are fax numbers available for over 49 countries and 4,300 cities around the world.
Issues With the eFax app
There really aren't any problems with the eFax app; it’s a easy to navigate and simple to use.
This is useful app for those who still receive a lot of faxes and aren't always at an office. It’s also useful for those who want to forgo the paper route and keep all of their faxed and emailed files together, while avoiding the risk of losing the paper copies.