AT&T all but killed innovation for customers new and old earlier this month when it eliminated "Unlimited" mobile data as a core offering to new customers. With this move, AT&T has placed third party limitations between not only the developer and the platform but also the consumer and Apple. Because of AT&T's move, it's going to cost mobile application developers more to develop new apps. Fewer folks are likely to download these new apps due to cost concerns and fewer free apps are likely to be available. Such restrictions make consumers think twice about using the mobile web, much less extra services like iTunes and Android Market.
While none of this is good news, unless you're AT&T, things could get interesting. AT&T is and has been Apple's proprietary service provider since day one and Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs just recently "defriended" Adobe for an overall lack of innovation. What comes next, seems pretty clear! Oh well, maybe next year will be "the year for mobile".