I travel a lot overseas and often find myself needing to send a message to the US or other Embassies and Consulates. While most have email addresses, most don’t answer them. I guess they figure that if really important and timely messages are being sent, they’ll either get a fax, a phone call. If I want the message to be in printed form, that leaves only faxing. Afaik, no Apple or Android phone has this feature. That begs the question, “why not?”
I’m not sure if this is a hardware or software issue. Since, all phones generate tones to address the receiver’s device, I have to assume it’s software. For a Laptop, there may be additional hardware necessary. BTW, I change SIM cards as often as I change countries; so, if I need to receive faxes, I’ll subscribe to an online service. I know online services can send faxes too; but, they’ll usually be located in North America or Europe. That often won’t work for the far-east and Russia, because the Qos, is often too poor. Yes, I’ve tried it; it sucks!
How difficult would it be to add this feature to the Librem 5, or even an Android or Apple phone? So far I haven’t been able to find an app. I must assume it’s not impossible…
What about the Librem Laptops? I’m sure redesigning the mobos is a deal killer; but, what about add-on devices? Does anyone know of a Linux compatible USB dialup-fax modem? Since, fewer homes and flats still have landlines, I also assume it will have to be “wireless” and need a SIM card. That complicates the specs a bit. Does anyone know of something like this (portable)? It will save me not only the cost of printing; but, also the time and trouble of traveling (both ways) to a copy-shop and time on site.