Problem resolved on SPRINT's end! Apparently tech support neglected to reset one option which when reset the phone worked. (she didn't say what it was but saw it immediately.)
I would really like to play around more with flashing different ROMS except I'm a newbie and while most of my problems have been solved here I find it too difficult begging for assistance. I find more one liner answers stating "... just do X Y or Z..." then off they go never answering further questions. There's just too many combinations of ROMs, Radios, HBOOT, Firmware, etc. that at almost every turn I get a sick feeling in my stomach that something is going to brick my phone and I'll have to beg here for someone to hold my hand. I tried MEANBEAN for a while but found the battery life not so great and was missing Beats audio. (I listen to internet radio in my car rather than my car stereo...) That's why I'm staying on ICS.
Thanks for all that tried to help me. I'll be clicking the Thanks button...