Types of Fax Machines
A variety of devices to meet your needs
There has been quite an evolution in fax machine technology throughout the device's history. Once large and cumbersome machines that were awkward and difficult to use, the devices are now small and easy-to-operate, and come with many communication features and capabilities.
There are a variety of fax machines on the market today such as portable devices and the ever popular multifunction units that come in combination with other office equipment. If you aren't in the market for a brand new machine, you can always get your hands on a refurbished model or even try renting a machine. These days, a lot of people are signing up with commercial businesses that use Internet fax machines to send and receive their messages via the web and e-mail.
It's a good idea to know exactly what you're looking for when you're selecting the type of machine that suits you best. You should factor in the size of the machine, its features and capabilities, how many people will be using it and how often you'll be using it, along with your budget, etc. There's not much point in buying a multifunction fax machine that comes with a copier, scanner and printer if you're never going to use the other equipment. You can save money by just getting yourself a stand alone fax machine.
Whatever type of machine you decide on buying or renting, you should be aware of the government laws that pertain to using a fax machine. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has specific regulations concerning the use of these devices, most of which concern the transmission of unsolicited advertisements to telephone fax machines. This basically covers what are generally known as junk faxes - a concept similar to junk e-mail. If you are buying a fax machine for the purpose of sending out business or personal advertising or other documents, it's highly recommended that you check out these governing laws.
Be aware that FCC rules state that each transmission to a telephone fax machine must clearly contain (in a margin at the top or bottom of each page or on the first page of the transmission) the date and time the fax was is sent, the identity of the sender and the telephone number of the sender or the transmitting machine. All telephone fax machines manufactured on or after Dec. 20, 1992 must have the capability to clearly mark this information.