Although I didn't have the "billing password" (I found it later), I was still able to suspend service on that number. That phone is, unfortunately, a write-off. I say unfortunately not because it was valuable (it was utterly obsolete and fully depreciated, you might say), but because now I've lost my entire contact list. So if you were in my phone contact list, you're gone, and I'll have to start all over again. Irritating, that is.
I assume that what happened was the phone fell out of my holster as I was getting out of the van last night, and someone here at the hotel picked it up and decided it was a free resource and started making calls. Given the look of some of the clientele here, I'm not surprised.
At this point, with the phone suspended (I checked by calling it; it has a suspended/disconnected service recording), there's no urgency in doing anything else until tomorrow. I have some early-morning errands in Fremont, but there's no need for me to wait around to do anything here. Once my errands are done, I can head home and stop by a Verizon store in Reno or Sparks and try to get a new basic (non-smart) phone there. I really don't need or want a second smartphone, you see. For my own personal phone, I can get along just fine with a basic phone, since I make and receive very few calls. I do want to have a phone again before Westercon, though, because that's one of the times I tend to need to be reachable on short notice. I also hope to get a phone without a built-in camera, although that may be nearly impossible, as almost ever model I've seen has a camera whether you want it or not.