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Free Email Fax Service

Boot Camp feature for Monday, February 15, 1999

Have faxes delivered to your email for free. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. You don't need to leave a fax machine or your computer on any more to be able to receive faxes. A company called eFax.com will give you a personal fax number for free and forward your faxes to the email address of your choice. Company VP Ron Brown...

"People register for the service directly on the web site, www.efax.com, and they instantly get an eFax number. That is exactly like any other fax number. It has an area code, it has seven digits, you give it out to friends and associates and they use that just like any other fax number. The difference, of course, is that it's hooked up to your email address so directly into your email account you receive a fax, fax documents."

Use is unlimited. The only drawbacks we've seen are that unless you pay for a personal 800 number, your fax number will be in the Chicago area. That may seem odd to people who are faxing you if you are in another region of the country. There are small pop up ads, but not on the faxes themselves. eFax plans to sell some add on services...but receiving, viewing, printing and forwarding the faxes are all free.

"It's simple. It's really, really straightforward"

The site again, is at efax.com Another company, CallWave, has announced plans to launch a similar service within the next few weeks.