Problem solved. I'd like to recap the issues for others incase they have the same problem:
After installing steel droid at first no data, phone, or text messaging worked. I had to call verizon and they led me through a process which fixed all but the text messaging. First i had to dial *228 (the number you dial to activate the phone) and used option 2 (this is the option for previously activated phones, 1 is for new activations). This did not fix the problem (although did seem to change the roaming icon and made it go away). Next i had to dial ##7764726, then a GUI prompt on the phone asked for a password which was 000000 this then led me to an input screen where i can set various setting. I had to set the MIN and another value (i think it was DIN) to my 10 digit phone number. This process reactivated 3g data service and voice calls however left my text messaging unable to send.
Finally after a second round of calling tech support i arrived at the final solution. I had to call number *228 again and this time selected option 1. After this process text messaging worked again. I hope this is of some help to others.