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Ultimate Geek

# 14316 27-Jun-2007 13:08
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thinking it would have no ongoing rental I was set to migrate a dual number and a Faxability number to VFX but now find out it will cost $7 95c per month as only one number will be free after 1st July. (note this is my fault for not reading things properly). What i would like to know is "what do I gain for an extra $4 50 per month?  ($7 95c - $3 50c less on my Telecom bill)(eg) any problems with faxing, can you make ordinary voice calls etc. Would like to hear from those who anyone who has done it or knows about it. I have a SPA 2102 and the FAX is mostly for incoming faxes. cheers George

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Uber Geek


  # 76103 27-Jun-2007 13:38
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Hi George,

I send faxes quite a lot in the course of my day-to-day dealings with overseas suppliers and also to/from our Auckland office.

First point:  If you still have a landline (as most people must for ADSL), don't bother changing your current FaxAbility arrangement!  $3.50 is a bargain and there is no benefit in changing to VFX at $7.95.

Secondly:  Using a fax with a landline is still better than VFX in my experience.  For National faxes (within NZ), VFX works OK for outgoing faxes in most cases.  You still need to check each fax went through correctly because there is the occasional failure.  I haven't tried incoming because I use a fax to e-mail service.  For International faxes however, VFX is no good at all.  I still send all my International faxes via our sole-surviving Telecom line for this reason.

If you have a wireless or TCL cable connection for your internet, and don't require to send International faxes, then the situation is completely different, and VFX will work well for your faxes.

A case of horses for courses...


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Ultimate Geek

  # 76123 27-Jun-2007 16:47
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Hi Grant,
             thanks for the reply. My wife has a small business so phone and FAX are  important tools for her. She has a long memory and still remembers me using Net2phone and others like Skype so is a bit wary of changing . Most FAXs are within New Zealand but it has to be a 100% solution .This was to give confidence for the future so if the FAX stays so will the main number .
Will have to have a re-think. cheers George


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Wannabe Geek

  # 77091 5-Jul-2007 21:35
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Hi Grant

Could I ask for your recommendations on a fax to email service? 

If we could ditch our home line after September & just retain our ADSL connection Xnet VFX sounds very tempting. We don't receive many faxes and send even fewer but running a small business from home we still need it as an option for clients.

Looking on the WorldsXChange site they seem to have a range of modem/routers: is there one which is better suited to faxing?



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  # 79526 25-Jul-2007 02:03
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bspondre: Hi Grant

Could I ask for your recommendations on a fax to email service? 

I use Faxaway:

Cost is US$1 per month with no charges for incoming faxes (which is all I use it for).

The only drawback is that you are allocated a US fax number, so for this reason, I will change to WxC's Fax to E-mail service once they have it up and running before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, it's costing 15c per page for people to send faxes to my US number which doesn't add up to more than $5 per month in my case.  We use Digiplus:

to send faxes to the US number at 15c per page (minute) on Sat - Wed and 12c per page on Thu / Fri.  A strange system, but the prices are about as good as you will find anywhere (using a Telecom landline) and better than most.

bspondre: Looking on the WorldsXChange site they seem to have a range of modem/routers: is there one which is better suited to faxing?

Anything except PAP2T as it says here:

I hope that helps.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 79529 25-Jul-2007 06:19
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Thanks for that Grant

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