If the Fax-to-Mail facility is set up as a cloud service, the receiver does not require a Fax2Mail-capable router. The Fax2Mail service provides a telephone number for receiving faxes and converts incoming faxes sent to this number into image files. It then sends these files to preconfigured addressees. All the receiver requires is access to the internet and a device for receiving and displaying emails. Modern cloud telephone systems offer this Fax2Mail service as standard as one of many Unified Messaging services.
Thanks to this service, companies can provide fax numbers in foreign countries without actually having a telephone connection or a branch of the company in that particular country. The Fax2Mail facility is of particular interest to mobile workers who are often on the move but rely on receiving faxed messages.
Some solutions also offer the reverse facility. This facility is called Mail2Fax and is capable of converting incoming emails into faxes and sending them to a pre-determined fax number.