It worked. 12 hours later--VOILA! Thank you to everyone for ALL the posts. T-Mobile was at a loss so I would have had to scrap the phone if it weren't for this site.
Just to note that it DIDN'T work without the battery in which is counter to what I thought would be the case.
I have a small concern. Since my BB crashed when doing updates from the Desktop manager, how do I prevent that from happening again. I am going to have to use the Desktop manager to sync with Outlook, etc. Any suggestions?