Sunday, March 18, 2007

I'm done with faxing

office space smashI've been paying since the late 90s for a combined voicemail, fax, and e-mail service with uReach to the tune of about $10 per month.  In reevaluating some of my monthly costs, I realized the following:

  • I don't use the e-mail at all; it just forwards to my Gmail account

  • I don't use the voicemail at all -- everyone has my cellphone or GrandCentral number for voicemail

  • I haven't used the fax service for years

In deciding to cancel the service, which, by the way, doesn't even have a $10 per month plan available anymore (I was grandfathered in), I did look at some internet faxing alternatives such as eFax .  What happened?!  The cheapest eFax plan that allows me to send and receive faxes is $17 per month, which is unreal!  Aren't these services supposed to get cheaper over time?

The end result of my endeavors is simply this: I'm not using faxing as a medium for personal communications.  Certainly there are cases in business where faxes have a place, but for me personally, I will no longer be retaining the ability to send faxes or receive faxes.

By the way: at the time that uReach launched it was one of the coolest unified messaging products around and was nearly untouched by spammers on the fax and e-mail side.  Over the years uReach has added many features that would be awesome for small businesses and possibly even for some individuals.  I never had any problems with the service at all, rather I am simply using other services to achieve the same outcome and have made a conscious decision that I am no longer going to use one of the primary services.  If you have a need for a unified messaging solution with e-mail, voicemail, fax, and a toll-free number, I highly recommend uReach.



Anonymous said...

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Ross said...

Ok, but here's the deal: I'm done with faxing as a medium for personal communications, meaning that it's hard for me to justify paying $120 per year for a service that I truly never use.

Thanks for the link for those that may be looking for alternatives.