NEW YORK - Skype is expanding even before it is absorbed by Microsoft Corp.
The online communications service said yesterday that it plans to buy GroupMe, which provides group text messaging.
Skype lets users make calls, conduct video chats, and send instant messages over the Web. Basic services are free, while users pay for services such as calling regular phones from a computer. The deal brings Skype into the quickly growing field of mobile group messaging, which has been rolled out on a variety of smartphone apps, including one recently launched by Facebook.
Skype did not say how much it will pay for GroupMe.