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The race is on for airlines to offer you wireless Internet connections at hub airports.

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Throw away your wires: Airports are untethering travelers from their laptops. Delta Air Lines plans to offer wireless Internet connections this year in its hub cities of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. United Airlines is hoping to install wireless Internet technology in up to 50 air terminals this year. And United will soon offer high-speed wireless technology in its first-class and frequent-flier lounges.

But before you log on, read this: The connections could be costly. Market research firm DataMonitor projects that unlimited access to the most popular wireless systems will set you back between $40 and $60 per month. Sure, they're fast-Austin, Texas-based Wayport Inc. offers travelers wireless Internet access 50 to 200 times quicker than dial-up-but make sure you travel enough that it's worth the price.

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