beep, BEEP, B E E P! !!

With all the technology around today, why can’t the phone companies figure out that we really wanted to dial ‘1’ in front of our long distant calls. If they can plug you in to a recording saying: “beep, BEEP, B E E P, you must first dial a ‘1’ to make this call!

Why can’t they just do it for us?
Cell phone get it, why can’t phone companies?