Caller ID used to be a big deal. Now your phone just does it. Asking someone if their phone has “caller ID” would be like asking them if it rang.
Before they were “smart”, phones used to live in a very confusing and complicated world. Instead of making the actual hardware better, phone companies just came up with different offerings to work around the shortcomings.
For example, for the low, low price of 75 cents a use, you too could experience the magic known as *69.
Does anyone remember a game that involved a stand-up bird with an open mouth that hopped around and you had to feed plastic worms to? I have a distinct memory that the one we had kept breaking and we went to Toys R' Us three times that Christmas morning before giving up.