Looking at zarza's instructions, it looks like you need at least version 220.127.116.114:
"1. Download and install Telstra Australia's package 18.104.22.1684
2. Download and install Cingular's package 22.214.171.1241"
This would parallel my experience playing with my 8700. The Today themes would not work with apps package .284.
So you can try it with VZW's 126.96.36.1998 but I am quite certain that the results will be as bizarre as what I experienced here