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Anonymous
November 1, 2004 11:00:53 AM

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My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.

I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with a
Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
Thanks
Timo

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Anonymous
November 1, 2004 6:25:00 PM

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"Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
news:e5OdnfFIZLOWrhvcRVn-2w@comcast.com...
> My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.
>
> I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
> conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with a
> Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
> Thanks
> Timo

First off, I haven't searched the web to see if there is, but I don't
believe there is. Even if there were, there are more considerations. Can the
phone dial the fax number, and have the fax machine make a good handshake?
Even if that were possible, have you considered the cost of those calls on a
monthly basis? They wouldn't be covered under the Vision option.

Considering you no longer have a landline, what you may want to think is
avoiding your fax machine completely, and subscribe to one of the on line
fax services. Lots of them available to do faxes both ways.

Bob
Anonymous
November 1, 2004 6:25:01 PM

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The handshaking/technical issues are the primary concern, of course. If
it's not feasible, then it's moot to discuss the cost. But the reason I
don't want to subscribe to the online fax services is the additional cost
per month; also you have to scan the document into your PC--if it's
something you have only in hardcopy. For me the ideal solution would be to
make the connection with my cellphone if it were possible and were no
different than any other call. The copper-wire phone company didn't charge
more for a fax call. But perhaps fax chatter doesn't lend itself very well
to cellular compression schemes/CDMA.
Timo

"Bob Smith" <usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:gzshd.14606$5i5.5533@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
> "Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
> news:e5OdnfFIZLOWrhvcRVn-2w@comcast.com...
> > My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.
> >
> > I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
> > conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with
a
> > Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
> > Thanks
> > Timo
>
> First off, I haven't searched the web to see if there is, but I don't
> believe there is. Even if there were, there are more considerations. Can
the
> phone dial the fax number, and have the fax machine make a good handshake?
> Even if that were possible, have you considered the cost of those calls on
a
> monthly basis? They wouldn't be covered under the Vision option.
>
> Considering you no longer have a landline, what you may want to think is
> avoiding your fax machine completely, and subscribe to one of the on line
> fax services. Lots of them available to do faxes both ways.
>
> Bob
>
>
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Anonymous
November 1, 2004 9:41:52 PM

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"Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
news:1PSdncDgStqc7BvcRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> The handshaking/technical issues are the primary concern, of course. If
> it's not feasible, then it's moot to discuss the cost. But the reason I
> don't want to subscribe to the online fax services is the additional cost
> per month; also you have to scan the document into your PC--if it's
> something you have only in hardcopy. For me the ideal solution would be
to
> make the connection with my cellphone if it were possible and were no
> different than any other call. The copper-wire phone company didn't
charge
> more for a fax call. But perhaps fax chatter doesn't lend itself very well
> to cellular compression schemes/CDMA.
> Timo

As for your last point made, SPCS can tell the difference between voice and
data. There is a different charge applied for data calls, which will not be
included in your packet of monthly minutes.

IMHO, considering you've decided to cut the cost of a landline, you will
need a new multi-function fax, with printing and scanning capabilities and
go with the minimal cost of on line faxing.

Bob
Anonymous
November 2, 2004 12:19:42 PM

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I have not found a solution to see/use faxes with the telephone itself,
but, if you are tethering your phone to a laptop, there are services that
will allow you to send and receive faxes via email.

For receiving I use callwave.com. $4 a month I get unlimited inbound faxes.
The faxes are sent first to my business email account, and a copy is
forwarded to my sprint email address. Faxes can be received as either TIF
or PDF files. The files are opened by using sprintpcs vision to access the
web and the sprint email from the laptop

For sending, I use a service called intellifax.com. You pay $25 up front
and then usage is deducted from that per minute per sent fax, its like 5 or
7 cents a minute. 2 page fax takes a minute. What you do is you convert your
document thats on your laptop that you want to send to a pdf format, and
then email it to a specific intellifax email address and then they send it
on to where it needs to go via regular fax.

If you are trying to fax actual paper on the road, its a little tricker, but
can be done, to the laptop add a portable scanner, scan the document,
convert to pdf then email.

Inpoint of fact, I don't actually use my phone to tether to, I use a
sprintpcs card that plugs into my laptop, but, alot of people just use the
phone with a connection cable

Hope this helps.


"Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
news:e5OdnfFIZLOWrhvcRVn-2w@comcast.com...
> My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.
>
> I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
> conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with a
> Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
> Thanks
> Timo
>
>
Anonymous
November 3, 2004 11:28:14 PM

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On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:25:00 +0000, Bob Smith wrote:

>
> "Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
> news:e5OdnfFIZLOWrhvcRVn-2w@comcast.com...
>> My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.
>>
>> I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
>> conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with a
>> Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
>> Thanks
>> Timo
>
> First off, I haven't searched the web to see if there is, but I don't
> believe there is. Even if there were, there are more considerations. Can the
> phone dial the fax number, and have the fax machine make a good handshake?
> Even if that were possible, have you considered the cost of those calls on a
> monthly basis? They wouldn't be covered under the Vision option.
>
> Considering you no longer have a landline, what you may want to think is
> avoiding your fax machine completely, and subscribe to one of the on line
> fax services. Lots of them available to do faxes both ways.
>
> Bob

When I was using old dial-up methods with cellular phones the phone I was
using had a special "data/fax number" and what it did was when the phone
saw that number incoming it would switch into a data/fax mode and forward
it to the serial cable it was connected to. Of course when I switched to
cingular their "techs" had no idea what I was referring to nor did that
have any idea that you had to add, I believe it is called, "my wireless
window" to the phone before the network even allows data calls. My
previous phone, a gsm ericsson had a menu where you could tell the phone
what type of incoming call you were receiving and it would send the
signals over serial cable to alert a connected pc. I have only seen this
menu on verizon's a310 recent but really I haven't looked at other phones
since I got my sanyo 4900 with sprintpcs. My advice would be to enroll in
an online fax service or contact sprintpcs business dept to see what they
might have avaible. Also have a chat with verizon since if they left it in
the firmware on the a310 they might have techs that have some idea what it
is for and how to use it.
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 10:49:47 AM

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Well, I do have a multifunction printer/fax/scanner but the paper feed
mechanism (it's not a glass-plate variety scanner) makes scanning anything
smaller than 8.5x11, or a thin piece of paper such as a store invoice, a
real pain. Have to get out the tape; tape the item to a normal piece of
paper, etc. Rigmarole I'd rather avoid. I've also used online scanning
services such as jFax and have found them wanting and not worth the monthly
fee. Performance and reliability were not up to snuff and customer service
was abysmal. However, I would be glad to pay $1.50-$2.00 per online fax if
there were no monthly service charges to pay. Know of any online ad-hoc
faxing services that accept Paypal?
Timo


"Bob Smith" <usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:Qrvhd.14742$5i5.7961@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
> "Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
> news:1PSdncDgStqc7BvcRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> > The handshaking/technical issues are the primary concern, of course. If
> > it's not feasible, then it's moot to discuss the cost. But the reason I
> > don't want to subscribe to the online fax services is the additional
cost
> > per month; also you have to scan the document into your PC--if it's
> > something you have only in hardcopy. For me the ideal solution would be
> to
> > make the connection with my cellphone if it were possible and were no
> > different than any other call. The copper-wire phone company didn't
> charge
> > more for a fax call. But perhaps fax chatter doesn't lend itself very
well
> > to cellular compression schemes/CDMA.
> > Timo
>
> As for your last point made, SPCS can tell the difference between voice
and
> data. There is a different charge applied for data calls, which will not
be
> included in your packet of monthly minutes.
>
> IMHO, considering you've decided to cut the cost of a landline, you will
> need a new multi-function fax, with printing and scanning capabilities and
> go with the minimal cost of on line faxing.
>
> Bob
>
>
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 4:03:42 PM

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"Timo" <timo@anonymous.biz> wrote in message
news:782dnaaDNoH16xbcRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> Well, I do have a multifunction printer/fax/scanner but the paper feed
> mechanism (it's not a glass-plate variety scanner) makes scanning anything
> smaller than 8.5x11, or a thin piece of paper such as a store invoice, a
> real pain. Have to get out the tape; tape the item to a normal piece of
> paper, etc. Rigmarole I'd rather avoid. I've also used online scanning
> services such as jFax and have found them wanting and not worth the
monthly
> fee. Performance and reliability were not up to snuff and customer service
> was abysmal. However, I would be glad to pay $1.50-$2.00 per online fax if
> there were no monthly service charges to pay. Know of any online ad-hoc
> faxing services that accept Paypal?
> Timo

No, not personally, as I don't use online fax service. In saying that, there
are a number of companies offering that service, just do a Google search and
check them out.

As for your small paper problem listed before, that's easy to fix. Check
with Office Depot, Staples or Office Max for a "Carrier folder". All it is,
is a clear plastic sleeve, where one can put a small receipt into it, put it
in the paper feed and scan it.

Bob
Anonymous
November 14, 2004 10:14:57 AM

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In article <e5OdnfFIZLOWrhvcRVn-2w@comcast.com>, timo@anonymous.biz
says...
> My previous subject line may have been misleading. So I'll try again.
>
> I no longer have a land line. Is there any way to use my Sanyo VM4500 in
> conjunction with a standard fax machine? Is there a connector cable with a
> Sanyo connector on one end and an RJ11 male on the other?
> Thanks
> Timo
>
>
>

If you succeed, you'll pay 39 cents per minute of airtime to do it.
This is NOT counted as a regular call.

--
RØß
O/Siris
~+~
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792
Anonymous
November 14, 2004 10:15:01 AM

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In article <782dnaaDNoH16xbcRVn-hA@comcast.com>, timo@anonymous.biz
says...
> I've also used online scanning
> services such as jFax and have found them wanting and not worth the monthly
> fee.
>

Just as an aside, efax.com has a free option if you don't care about
what area code you use. Of course, it's only free to *receive* faxes.
But the cost per page to send is inline with the desired cost you cited
in your post.

--
RØß
O/Siris
~+~
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792
Anonymous
November 14, 2004 2:33:50 PM

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On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 07:15:01 GMT, O/Siris <0siris@sprîntpcs.côm>
wrote:

>In article <782dnaaDNoH16xbcRVn-hA@comcast.com>, timo@anonymous.biz
>says...
>> I've also used online scanning
>> services such as jFax and have found them wanting and not worth the monthly
>> fee.
>>
>
>Just as an aside, efax.com has a free option if you don't care about
>what area code you use. Of course, it's only free to *receive* faxes.
>But the cost per page to send is inline with the desired cost you cited
>in your post.

I'm sorry if I'm jumping in on this conversation inappropriately but I
just looked into online fax services and decided this one is the best
for someone who only needs it occasionally:
http://www.maxemail.com/fax/services.html

Don't know if it addresses the original question, because I'm not sure
if yoiu can hook a fax machine up to a cell but you could fax any
scanned item thru this service. Doesn't have a 1-800# but the
cheapest version costs $15per yr.

I usually have to fax something only a few times a year. Most
people/businesses have email now a days.
!