The Last BeBox

In the spring of 1997 I decided I had to have a BeBox. But when I started looking for one to buy, I found out that Be, Inc. had stopped making the BeBox just a few weeks earlier.

After several weeks of fruitless phone calls, email, and faxes to BeBox vendors in Japan, the U.S.A., Germany, Norway, and the U.K., I happened to learn that Be's official British dealer had just returned their very last BeBox to Be Europe, which is headquartered in France. I immediately called up Be Europe, and it was true! They had one left! Here's the happy email I got a few minutes after I hung up the phone:


Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 12:06:08 +0200
To: scarter@hticn.com
From: ***** <*****@beeurope.com>
Subject: BeBox order form

Hello,


Following our phone conversation please find below an order form for a
BeBox. We have one 133MHz BeBox fully configured available which can be
shipped to you as soon as we receive your confirmation. Shipping cost
to Japan : FF 1600.


We thank you for your interest in our product.


Yours sincerely,

*****

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*****                                     Tel : +33 01 49 06 73 77
Be Europe                                 Fax : +33 01 49 06 73 79
Immeuble Olivetti, Suite 336           e-mail : *****@beeurope.com
Rue de l'ancien marché
F-92800 Puteaux, La Defense               Web : http://www.beeurope.com
                                                http://www.be.com
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A week later I had my BeBox! Here it is in its happy home, running BeOS R4:

[The Last BeBox]

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