I am running a small business from my home, and I was thinking of buying a FAX machine for myself few weeks ago. I was searching on the internet for some good makes of FAX machines, and their prices fall anywhere between $ 150-200 and a bit more if you go for Canon FAX machines. At the top of this I had to keep a phone line free to receive Faxes from all over the world. Since I had already invested a lot in setting up my new business, I was a bit hesitant to invest so much again at that point of time. I am still not making huge profit out of my business. However, I am quite sure that it will be a profitable business in a long term as I am able increase my customer base every day. Finally, I decided to go for a FAX machine, and I started searching on the web for the best makes available in the market. To my surprise, I found a web page where it said that by taking services from a hosted PBX service provider, my normal telephone line would be able receive and send FAX without installing a FAX machine. This also meant that I didn’t have to go for a new telephone line altogether. I gave them a call, and they ported my existing number to their services, and they set up an IVR for me, which offered the callers a choice if they wanted to send me a FAX or speak to me. If they opted for FAX, then it would d go to my mail box, and I can read them from there without printing them through a FAX machine. Furthermore, it helps in minimizing the use of paper, so in a way I am helping environment…lolls…I must add that this new service not only helped me to do away with an extra cost of FAX machine and telephone line but also helped me in reducing my overall telecommunication cost as now I can make calls worldwide at a minimal cost through hosted PBX system. I opted for the Real PBX startup plan, and I am saving lots of money. I sometime think that Darwin was right when he said that world is evolving every day, and so I think is the modern ways of telecommunication, but it’s just that we realize it a bit late.