iPads Purchased Prior to June 7 Still Eligible for AT&T's All-You-Can-Eat Data Buffet

AT&T managed to ruffle a few feathers when they announced the end of their unlimited data plan. For most customers -- up to 98 percent, according to the wireless carrier -- the new 250MB and 2GB monthly data plans will actually save users money in the long run, but for those who ordered an iPad 3G in hopes of not having to worry about data consumption, some of you are in luck.

According to a report in The New York Times, iPad 3G tablets purchased before June 7 are still eligible for the $29.99 unlimited data plan. For everyone else, you'll have to make do with the new 2GB plan for $25/month. That isn't such a big deal for iPhone customers, where 3G data usage tends to be lower, but could be a concern for iPad owners who plan to take advantage of all that Apple's tablet has to offer, from the full Web experience to HD games and even a bit of Netflix streaming (not exactly ideal on a 3G connection) thrown in.

Even for those who are able to sign up for the unlimited plan, there remains a couple of concerns. Should you cancel your unlimited plan after June 7 for any reason, you won't be able to re-instate it. In addition, it's entirely possible that AT&T will exempt unlimited data plan subscribers from using the company's upcoming 4G LTE network once it's rolled out.