after some issues (similar to tohers with the fatal exception error) I got up and running last night with .44.
to finally get it to load I, well, accidentaly bricked my phone again, and then used apploader to wipe the device (gives the option when certain errors come up I guess, I havent seen it before) and then reload .44.
very stable, was very slow once but that was right after loading. soft reset and its been fine since. voicemail icon is still there, my icons still get restored after reboot (arg!), but... all else seems remarkably stable and fast. the biggest shocker is that youtube seems to work fine now. fast even on edge.
am I to understand that there is a .46 out now or maybe soon? hmm, risk losing everything working so well to get that damn vicemail icon off the screen....