Looking for an Email-2-Fax supplier. Net2phone is charging 25 dollars and required you to fax every 90 days to avoid having balance deleted. Typical fax to Europe is 49 cent per page while Skype is about 2ct per minute for voice calls.
Do you know of any provider not charging for inactivity or who have more down to earth prices, 49ct is even worse than most TelCo's?
Hmmm... In that case you could try to use real-time fax-over-IP rather than email-to-fax. According to
, Gafachi, an inexpensive Pay-As-You-Go SIP provider
) supports T.38, and you might use a Sipura SPA-2100 with firmware version >= 3.2.X
) to have up to two analog FXS ports to which you might attach fax modems or fax machines.
On the paper it should work, but I never tried it. And at
PLEASE NOTE: Fax support is offered as a beta feature. It is disabled by default. You are welcome to use it, but please be advised that some equipment may not be interoperable with our network's fax support. Technical assistance to configure your equipment for fax will not be provided.
I have used Faxaway and can not recommend it for anything beyond a cheap incoming fax number, if that. The system they use seems to be the same antiquated system which was probably there to begin with and they've been too lazy/cheap to update it. It deals with document format conversion very poorly and delivery is suspect at best, I have had CCIT Group 3 Fax standards encoded .tif files rejected by their system. You have to constantly babysit the faxes sent through them to see if they failed by some quirk or not. Their customer service is also complete crap if you have a problem. My advice is to look at other providers besides them if you need reliability.
Note that there's also at least one T.38 software modem.
I contacted Gafachi a couple weeks ago and was told that although this is a "beta feature" they plan to continue offering it.
It requires a few steps but I'm hoping to get t38modem working with my Asterisk host and Gafachi account. That will open a lot of possibilities for me. Unfortunately it looks like some more patching of Asterisk is necessary.
Now, if we also had a patch for at least one of the Asterisk H323 channels this patch then you could run Asterisk and Hylafax with T38modem (by
on the same box and terminate T.38 calls.
This bug entry makes me think that it will be awhile until Asterisk can handle T.38.