Using Bitcoin is not a complicated process, yet the number of use cases for most everyday consumers is still relatively low. Once people can start paying their bills in Bitcoin, adoption will certainly thrive. Such a service is already made possible in the EU by companies like BitBill and Bitwala, but not worldwide. Until that day, why not use Bitcoin pay for sending a fax anywhere in the world?
Bitcoin Fax – Micro Payments For Everyday Tasks
Even though you could argue the fact of how many people still use a fax as a form of communication, there is a market for this kind of service. Depending on what company you work for, they may send more faxes in a day compared to regular mail. And, even though electronic mail is a far more convenient way of reaching people, old habits die hard.
This is where Bitcoin Fax comes into the picture, this Berlin-based service lets you send a fax online to anyone in the world. One of the most interesting aspects of such a service is what kind of functionality it offers. Can you send only text, or include images or other file types, such as a PDF? Bitcoin Fax lets you attach PDF files without any hassle.
And, to make this service even more attractive to both novice and veteran Bitcoin users, there is no sign-up requirement. Most of us use Bitcoin in order to protect our identity, up to a certain level, and Bitcoin Fax creator Simon Males acknowledges that. It is important to note, however, that Bitcoin Fax will collect your documents, fax numbers and Bitcoin transfer identifiers.
However, before you go all paranoid, all fax material is destroyed after it has been processed. Bitcoin Fax uses a third party service to deliver faxes, and once delivery has been confirmed, the original faxes will be destroyed. But, even if there would be some personally identifiable information on these faxes, it will not be used for promotional purposes, according to the Bitcoin Fax Privacy page.
Prices Depending on Region
Most of you will be aware that there are certain financial paradigms in this world that will be incredibly hard to erase. While making a phone call from one country to another has variable fees – depending on the origin and destination – the same can be said for faxes. Prices per fax range from 10 Euro cents to over 7 Euro, all of which can be paid in Bitcoin, of course.
With this service being operated from the Berlin area, one would automatically assume that all European countries have cheaper rates, compared to the rest of the world. That is not the case, however. Sending a fax to Kazakhstan (1,33 EUR) is far more expensive than sending one to Japan (0,10 EUR). In fact, sending a fax to Japan is even cheaper than sending it to a fax number in Germany itself (0,16 EUR).
Bitcoin Fax is an excellent example of how Bitcoin can be a far more profitable payment method for micro-transactions, compared to traditional payment methods. Even if it is for that one and only fax you’ll ever have to send in your life, spending less money is always a bonus.
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