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T-Mobile wipes out data plans (The 3:59, Ep. 98)

Is it a new day for wireless? T-Mobile is killing off its variety of data plans for one unlimited option. We discuss the shift with a special call-in guest. Plus: The latest tech failure from McDonald's.

John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, speaks at an Un-carrier event in SF on September 10th, 2014.
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Are there limits to unlimited?

For T-Mobile customers, the question isn't theoretical. The mobile carrier said Thursday that it would eliminate tiered data plans for one "unlimited" option. Called T-Mobile One, the new offering gives everyone boundless talk, text and high-speed 4G LTE data.

The move came with some pricing changes. T-Mobile touted its plan for simplifying one of the mobile industry's most confusing facets, but the new structure may force consumers to crunch some numbers to figure out whether it's a good deal individually.

CNET Senior Reporter Maggie Reardon dialed in to explain the move, its restrictions and cost considerations.

We also talk about the failure of the Step It Activity Band, McDonald's latest overture toward kids' health. Just days after the fast-food chain began offering the wearable fitness tracker as a prize in Happy Meals, it pulled the toy from its lineup following reports of skin irritation.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Senior Writer Joan E. Solsman and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

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T-Mobile eliminates the data plan (The 3:59 Ep. 98)


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