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you just turn off the notifications in the stock messaging app. then use the one you downloaded. i dont know if thats what you mean by "turn off," but thats how do it


You can't "turn it off" to my knowledge, only turn off notifications with the Android messaging app. This is what I do since I run Handcent.

When you're in the stock messaging app:
Menu Key -> Settings -> Scroll down to "Notifications" and uncheck.
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