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What Happens When You Call The Phone Number In Stranger Things 4

Stranger Things season 4 mentions a phone number linked to “The Nina Project,” but what happens when viewers call the number? Here’s an answer.

Warning: SPOILERS for Stranger Things season 4 volume 1!

A specific phone number is mentioned in Stranger Things season 4 volume 1, and Netflix activated the line so viewers can call the “Nina” number themselves. The number comes into play in “Chapter Five: The Nina Project,” propelling Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Argyle (Eduardo Franco) on a new mission to locate Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Netflix has a history of clever marketing when it comes to Stranger Things, and the streaming service continued the fun with season 4.

In Stranger Things season 3, one of the biggest moments surrounded Jim Hopper’s (David Harbour) apparent death. However, the post-credits scene presented some hope that Hopper was still alive. This was further hinted at through a phone number featured directly. The number was Murray’s (Brett Gelman) home phone number, and when called, viewers had the chance to listen to the character’s voice messages. One specific message from the Stranger Things season 3 phone number was left for Joyce (Winona Ryder), indicating that he had something important to share with her before poking fun at the callers.


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The phone number in Stranger Things season 4 is 202-968-6161, and it’s given to Mike by one of Dr. Owens’ (Paul Reiser)who dies trying to protect the group. Before succumbing to his gunshot wounds, the agent encourages them to contact “Nina,” and Mike later finds the number written on a note hidden inside the agent’s pen. The group finds a payphone, and when the number is called, Mike hears “a bunch of weird noises,” which Will says reminds him of the movie WarGames. Jonathan then takes the phone and discovers that they’re actually calling a computer. The same happens when viewers call the Stranger Things “Nina” number, but the weird noises are those of a modem dial-up. There’s also ringing, beeping, keyboard clicking, and what sounds like a thundering boom. The call continues for a minute before it automatically disconnects.

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Mike, Will, and the others decide to locate this “Nina” computer with the help of Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) and her expert hacking skills. What the boys don’t know yet is that the computer is linked to “The Nina Project,” an initiative led by Dr. Owens and Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) to help El get her powers back. Nina is the name of the new isolation tank in an underground lab meant to allow Eleven to access her memories and regain powers.

Suzie successfully hacks into the Nina computer to find the IP address, leading to the geolocation. She gives the coordinates to Mike’s group, which is located in Nevada, likely the town of Ruth, where the new lab is hidden. While the phone number doesn’t contain any voice clues like the one from Stranger Things season 3, it’s interesting that the number has a Washington, D.C. area code. The government is hunting Eleven and her allies. Though Dr. Owens has his own team, the secrecy of the Nevada lab must be guarded. If not, Eleven’s plan to regain her full powers to prepare for Vecna may not work as planned.

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