eBay Agrees to Buy Skype For $2.6 Billion

According to the THE WALL STREET JOURNAL today, eBay is going to buy Skype with US$2.6 Bilion with cash and stock.

I am a big fan of Skype myself, and I am happy about them and for them. The purchase does make sense, as for eBay, Skype could be a new platform to reach out their target seller / buyer as an immediate stage 1 effect, and can provide real voice based online auctions as a stage 2 benefit.

A more striking effect is that ebay has 157.3 million registered users with around 64.6 million active ones, and even if half of them are already using Skype, it would still help Skype to enjoy a potential grow of at least 50% from its 52 million users based so far, and speed up the threat towards the existing telecommunications companies.

Tell me what you think!