First my mistakes. Coming from the computer world to the smartphone world, I loaded the AOSP ROM first, then rebooted & checked for problems. It rebooted fine and I tested it for a while. So then I loaded the GAPPS zip rebooted and that worked. But only for a short time and I lost sync ability. It took me a day of testing to realize that the ROM and the GAPPS have to be loaded before any reboots and tests. My mistake -- not sure if others have this problem. When loaded at the same time, all is well with sync. Secondly - I still have the following problems and seek assistance. SMS msgs. I can send, but can't receive. People get my msgs, respond and it never shows up. I'm using the vanilla version, but it was the same with Handcent. The following apps give me a force close. I still have another 40 apps that all work. Why these apps? Do they work for others. I have uninstalled them and re-installed & still I get force close. Yelp Flikster (movies) Cardar lite Find Starbucks (various Starbucks apps) ShopSavy Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. AOSP lets me keep my Hero for another year. Speed is impressive.