Couple of things.
No, I did not check with WinZip or similar. I figured since the download aborted with a bad file, that the file was probably corrupt.
Download with wi-fi enabled, and over 3g. Should have mentioned that.
I've had a ROM download go haywire with a bad .zip before, but just once (and very infrequently) the second time it would go fine. This is the first multiple failure I've experienced. SO I figured if the wifi was not right or the 3g wasa funky, then a dl over the computer and a transfewr to the sd card should fix it.