Skype, the online communications service provider, said on Monday that it is planning to buy GroupMe, which provides group text messaging.
Skype, which is already offering a number of group communication options, including Web-based conference calls and group video chats, has not mentioned how much it will pay for the New York-based GroupMe.
Founded last year at a gathering called the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, the GroupMe also offers conference calls, photo sharing and location sharing free of charge.
The acquisition will bring Skype into the quickly growing field of mobile group messaging, which Microsoft is going to buy for $8.5bn.
Microsoft announced the deal in May and the companies, Microsoft and Skype, hope to close by the end of this year