eBay has agreed to acquire Internet telephony company Skype Technologies for $2.6 billion, the companies announced today.

The deal will help eBay move into new business areas while allowing Skype to expand the customer base for its VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services, the companies said.

Skype currently has 54 million members in 225 countries and territories and is adding 150,000 new users each day.