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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 fromtheir laptops. Delta Air Lines plans to offer wireless Internetconnections this year in its hub cities of Atlanta, Cincinnati,Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. United Airlines is hoping toinstall wireless Internet technology in up to 50 air terminals thisyear. And United will soon offer high-speed wireless technology inits first-class and frequent-flier lounges.

But before you log on, read this: The connections could becostly. Market research firm DataMonitor projects that unlimitedaccess to the most popular wireless systems will set you backbetween $40 and $60 per month. Sure, they're fast-Austin,Texas-based Wayport Inc. offers travelers wireless Internet access50 to 200 times quicker than dial-up-but make sure you travelenough that it's worth the price.

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