Australian Online Fax Numbers
Just because your business is run from an office half way around the world, or through your cell phone, or from a laptop in your garage, doesn’t mean it has to be difficult for your customers to contact you. A local Australian fax number can empower your customers to contact you anytime they need. This helps to maintain the local charm of your business while allowing you to explore cloud services and telework options.
Local Fax Number For Local Customers
When local customers want to reach you, are they confronted with a long and costly international fax number or a friendly local fax line? This can make a huge difference in the way your customers think of your business. Also, the phone bill can have a large impact on how willingly your customers will do business with your company. Having a local fax number tells your customers that you’re here and ready to get to work in their neighborhood.
Receive Faxes in The Cloud With An Australian Fax Number
Best of all, with eFax receiving and sending your faxes from the cloud, it will allow customers to connect with your company via the internet. Any computer with internet access and an email address can be used to send or receive faxes for your company. This includes Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. In addition, any smartphone running Android or iOS can be turned into a pocket fax machine. On the way into a meeting with an important client, you could access a fax you received on your phone and forward it to a co-worker for follow up. This truly allows you to operate your business from across the world, or just across town.
Keep The Local Charm With a Local Fax Number
Many businesses find it difficult to keep the local charm as they expand or transition to work-from-home opportunities. Using eFax services, you can have a local fax number in any region of Australia. All these numbers can deliver faxes to the same inbox or multiple inboxes. Best of all, since all your received faxes are stored in the cloud, anyone in your company can access faxes they need when and where they need it. This means you can access an urgent fax on your laptop during a meeting with a client, or you could immediately reply to an inquiry sent by a prospective customer.
With eFax, you can share access to your account with up to five email addresses. Companies with more than five employees needing access to these faxes should setup a shared email address for all employees to access eFax. To experience online fax services for yourself, sign up for eFax®.
Australian Fax Number
A fax number is a string of digits used to identify your fax service. Just like a phone number, people who want to reach you via fax can do so by sending a fax to your number. The fax service registered with your number will then save or print the fax.
Australian fax numbers were initially created for the analog telephone network, as each fax number referred to a specific fax line. These days, online faxing has made this system obsolete – but we still use fax numbers to identify fax users.
No matter what country you live in, your fax number will follow a basic format: +(country code)(area code)(local fax number). In Australia, that means your number will start with “+61”. Then, you’ll be given the area code for your city, like “3” for Melbourne. Finally, you’ll have a local number that is unique to you, like “5329 2019”. Put these together, and you’ll get your full fax number: +61353292019. If you’d like to find out what your fax area code would be, you can check here.
The exact number of digits in a fax number will depend on where you live, but fax numbers are generally 12 – 15 digits long.
Globally, all fax numbers follow the same format: +(country code)(area code)(local fax number). That means they start with a country code (like “+61” for Australia), include an area code (like “3” for Hobart) and finish with a local fax number that is unique to you (like “9283 1834”). If you put these codes together, you’ll get your full fax number: +61392831834.
As you can probably guess, the number of digits included in your fax number will depend on how many digits appear in your country and area codes and local fax numbers. For example, while someone in Hobart might have the number “61392831834” (11 digits), someone in Vancouver might have the number “+16040392818421” (14 digits). That’s because Vancouver’s country code is “+1”, their area code is “+604”, and their local numbers have ten digits.
You will need to sign up for a faxing service to get your own fax number. Like phone numbers, fax numbers are useless unless connected via a service provider that can transmit your faxes.
As the old fax landlines are being disconnected with the NBN rollout, two types of service providers still offer faxing services: SIP/ VoIP providers and online fax providers.
SIP/ VoIP providers offer fax services that will work via your old fax machine. To make your machine NBN compatible, however, you will need to connect it to the digital network via a telephone adapter. Although this is a good solution for some people, it can quickly become expensive.
Online faxing providers like eFax, on the other hand, will give you a fax number and access to their online fax service. Unlike traditional faxing, online faxing transmits faxes via the internet: meaning you can fax from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Before Australia switched to the digital network, your fax number corresponded with a fax landline. As these lines are part of the old analog network, they are being disconnected with the NBN.
However, there are still two ways you can send faxes without a landline: analog faxing (with a twist) and online faxing.
First, you may be able to bring your fax machine onto the NBN using a telephone adapter from an electronics store. Once you have followed the manufacturer’s instructions and configured the device, you’ll need to port your fax number to a telecommunications provider that offers fax services. Then, link your SIP/ VoIP account to your fax number.
Alternatively, you can switch to online faxing (sometimes called ‘internet faxing‘). Unlike analog faxing, online faxing transmits faxes via the internet – meaning no landlines are required. With online faxing, you would send faxes from your phone, computer or tablet instead of your old fax machine.