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GM’s OnStar Said to Consider Free Service, Facebook

General Motors Co.’s OnStar in-car communications unit may offer some free services next year to rival Ford Motor Co.’s Sync music and information system, two people familiar with the plans said.

OnStar, a subscription service that provides accident alerts, directions and vehicle diagnostics, is scheduled to introduce an upgraded system this month that translates voice messages to text, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Subscribers may be able to use voice commands to update the social media site Facebook, OnStar said today in an e-mail.