EtherFAX vs iFax: Fax Service Comparison

iFax and EtherFax differ in how they provide fax services. While iFax focuses on cloud-based faxing, EtherFAX takes a hybrid approach to its fax transmissions.

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Why businesses choose
iFax over EtherFAX

Advanced Features

Level up your fax communication with advanced features that simplifies your workflow like OCR technology, fax signatures, Zapier integration and more.

Made For Startups

iFax is perfect for businesses of any size that frequently send and receive faxes as our plans accommodates small and growing businesses.

Zero Downtime

Effortlessly handle high volumes of faxes without worrying about capacity limitations, downtimes, or sudden additional charges.

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Feature Comparison

iFax has a stable and scalable pricing structure

iFax’s lowest-paid plan starts at $8.33 monthly, which is ideal for small businesses sending occasional faxes. Its Pro plan, priced at $25 per month, is best for businesses needing advanced fax capabilities while meeting HIPAA, GLBA, and other industry-specific requirements. 

As for EtherFAX, it only offers customized plans, so the pricing varies per specific business needs. There’s no set pricing structure.

“It was cheaper compared to other providers, the ease of use and very intuitive design and the reliability of the faxes being sent.
John M.

iFax is fully compliant with HIPAA and signs a BAA

iFax complies with the strict standards set by the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The fax service is also willing to sign a business associate agreement (BAA) at no extra cost, which makes it legally obligated to safeguard the protected health information (PHI) you share and store in its secure servers.

Similarly, EtherFAX prioritizes secure transmission of faxes.

“Overall, iFax is easy to use, and I like it. I work in the health industry. It is important for me to have software with HIPAA compliance. It is worth to pay money to be compliant.”
Natsumi M. Business Owner
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iFax has several encryption layers to ensure full security

iFax employs TLS encryption, two-factor authentication (2FA), and 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to protect your faxes while in transmission and at rest. AES is the industry standard established by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for securing electronic data. Meanwhile, asking users to prove their identity through 2FA adds an extra layer of security.

EtherFAX Online secures its network with a patented, end-to-end encrypted Secure Exchange Network. It also utilizes 2FA, multi-level encryption, endpoint authentication, and other security protocols to safeguard faxes. Plus, it is HITRUST CSF Certified, PCI DSS, and SOC 2 compliant. These certifications are validated assessments for data protection compliance, ensuring that third-party providers store and process data securely.

“Faxing is not necessarily a thing of the past. And when you need it, it needs to be quick and easy without the headache of maintaining a fax machine. iFax is the perfect fit.”
Jerry Manager

Fax anywhere with iFax

iFax provides convenient faxing abilities anywhere using any platform with its Web, Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows applications. All these dedicated apps are available for download on their respective app stores.

EtherFAX, on the other hand, has a web-based app that allows you to send and receive fax documents using your mobile device. Additionally, you can fax via email using its Outbound DirextFax email service, which is only available for Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. 

“We have so many people using it and it’s very user-friendly. We have volunteers that are older, people that might not be super tech-savvy. It is easy to train people on it fairly quickly and they get the hang of it.”

Jared Walker, Founder

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iFax offers integration with popular softwares

iFax integrates with the most popular business and productivity tools. You can use the online fax service to send faxes directly from Zapier, Google Workspace, Google Drive, and Gmail. 

EtherFAX, on the other hand, currently doesn’t support integration with third-party cloud storage services. You cannot use it to automatically sync your incoming and outgoing faxes to your Google Drive or other preferred cloud storage service.

“Great customer service! The Google Workspace integration has been great for our organization. Everyone likes it compared to our previous service.”

Omar C., IT Expert (Non-Profit)

iFax has OCR technology built into its platform

iFax uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, which converts scanned documents to searchable, readable, and editable texts. This time-saving feature removes the need to enter or search for data manually. 

EtherFAX uses WEAVE OCR to search and extract data within a scanned document or image.

“I could fax documents uploaded in my Google Drive easily thanks to ifax. The application is user friendly with easy functionality.”

Chris F.
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Get a free fax number on iFax

iFax lets you port an existing fax number for free or get a new toll-free, international, or local number. The option to avail additional fax numbers is also available when you choose to subscribe to its Pro plan.

EtherFAX lets you start faxing using your existing fax number or set up a dedicated fax number.

“Easy to use and less expensive than maintaining a fax machine and dedicated telephone line.”

Omar Steven M., Chief Operating Officer

iFax is best for EMR and EHR system integrations

iFax, through its developer-friendly RESTful API, supports the integration of its faxing capabilities into existing software, apps, EMRs, and EHR systems, including Epic, Cerner, and NextGen. It saves you from the hassle of building and maintaining your own fax infrastructure.

According to its website, EtherFAX integrates with Epic, a cloud-based EHR software. You can also use its API for seamless integration with other systems, helping create a uniform exchange of data between different platforms.

“Our organization has been using this iFax service for a few months now, and it has been working very well. The customer service team are excellent, they have been very helpful in explaining our usage and how we can benefit from upgrading to a better package that will cost us less instead of trying to sell us more than we need.”
Shamin R.
Digital Marketing Mentor
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“Game Changer”

“Overall experience is amazing. We are not submitting documents to government agencies as they are completed without waiting weeks for the mail service to deliver them. Clients lives will be greatly impacted for the better as this has cut out waiting time. The ease of setup and the ability to send fax directly from my computer without having a dedicated phone line.”

Phillip B., Team Leader (Non-Profit)