probably for the same reason(s) we still use cheques, land lines and why teachers still hold onto VHS tapes and players.
For some, fax machines are a way of avoiding having to deal with IT geeks.
For others, when the network is down or running slow (or in the control of evil villains as seen in Hollywood movies), the fax machine/line still works.
I still use a fax machine. Makes a perfect transfer for tattooing every single time
Because [under Australian law at least] they are legally admissable in court where as emails are not (even digitally signed), which is why the legal and banking industry still use them because they have no currently legal alternative for this type of stuff (apart from sending paper copies with couriers). My dad works in the finance industry which results in documents being sent back and forth between the banks so it has to be done this way.
The best description I ever heard of fax machines was a telephone-line based network of low quality printers. We got a spam fax the other day, advertising something pointless. I was amazed people still send these. In this day and age of email and texting and such. Can't help but wonder if there's a really old spammer, still working out of an old warehouse, utterly and stubbornly resisting change, insisting that he'll still make his million pound scam by sticking with faxes. Must dig out the spam fax we got. See if it was for a job lot of Betamax videos or something.
I'm not sure about other countries but faxes aren't actually the preferred method for legal documents because you can forge the time stamp by setting the clock on the machine to a different time. The only legally acceptable form is STILL to use a telex machine because the time is set at the telephone exchange on the kit they have there so it's impossible to forge the time stamps
Source: I used to work for BT
Another piece of useless (and possibly wrong) information. I read/heard somewhere that the fax pre-dates the telephone. Some Frenchman set up a long distance image sending system using the telegraph lines before Bell invented his telephone.
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