update, I did a search and found a number of peiople reporting this problem on other phones but no reported fixes related to this phone. So stuck right now with handcent uninstalled, it continued to resend the stupid msg even with the data off. So back to stock with data off, so NO text functionality at this time unles I can figure out how to clear. reset was suggested on the phone, but that will blow alot of instal apps and data away. so last resort..
EDIT: the last resort didn't work, factory reset and after reboot the d&*n text started up again... I don't under stand how it can send/receive text with no network setup... fyi - I using the phone on a at&t pre-paid network. The 3GS worked great, this phone has issues and thsi is the biggest one.