Types of Free eCommunications

| Calendars/Organizers | Conference Calling | Email |
| Email-to-Mail | Fax | File Storage | Free DSL | Instant Messaging & Pagers |
| Internet Answering Machines | Internet Service Providers | Online Invitations |
| Phone | Short Messaging Systems (SMS) | Voicemail | Other |

Calendars/Organizers

These are personal information managers which may include features like address books, calendars, to do lists, file sharing. Used primarily to consolidate your tasks, contacts, and to do lists, this is a must for all business professionals or individuals with busy schedules.

Conference Calling

These services allow users to join private forums for on-line discussions via the net or sometimes the phone. This is used by business people who travel and need to have virtual meetings with people in different locations, families who want to have group visits, professionals who need to consult with each other on projects, etc.

Email

Free email is the cornerstone of online communications. Our sister site, the Free Email Providers Guide lists over 1400 free email providers in more than 85 countries as well as definitions, reviews, news, and assorted free email tips.

Email-to-Mail

These services allow you to compose a normal email that will then get printed via their service and sent to your recipient as snailmail (mail via the postal service).

Fax

These services allow you to send, receive, or send and receive, facsimiles via the net.

File Storage

Here you can store and often share online documents, especially those that are too large to send via email. Great as a backup for people without any other means to back up their data.

Free DSL

Suppliers of free Digital Subscriber Line broadband (high speed) Internet access. May or may not include the required DSL modem.

Instant Messaging & Pagers

Providers of instant messaging services offer an instant way to contact your family and friends via a small program that let's you know who is online and whether or not they are available to chat.

Internet Answering Machines

If you are online a lot, and don't want the expense of a second phone line, Internet Answering Machines are an invaluable service. They notify you while you are online when a call is coming in, some allow you the option of taking the call, while others send the caller to a voicemail where you can retrieve and listen to your messages at your leisure.

Internet Service Providers

Helping to make the internet accessible to all, free internet service providers offer you free connection to the internet, usually in exchange for a small banner ad that stays on your desktop.

Online Invitations

A great way to organize an event and keep track of your guests, online invitations offer an easy, interesting way to manage your guest lists for all important work or personal functions.

Phone

One of the most intriguing genres of free eCommunications, these providers offer long distance, international and local calls free of charge from pc to pc, pc to phone, or even phone to phone. Some providers have unreliable quality, but technology is improving all the time!

Short Messaging Systems (SMS)

SMS messages are a great way to get stock quotes, news, or weather, or just send a quick message to your coworkers or friends when you don't need to have an interactive conversation.

Voicemail

Voicemail services are a convenient way to make sure you don't miss any calls while offering the convenience of accessibility from anywhere you travel.

Other Free eCommunications

Other interesting ways to communicate, for free, over the web.


| Calendars/Organizers | Conference Calling | Email |
| Email-to-Mail | Fax | File Storage | Free DSL | Instant Messaging & Pagers |
| Internet Answering Machines | Internet Service Providers | Online Invitations |
| Phone | Short Messaging Systems (SMS) | Voicemail | Other |