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Microsoft and Skype: What kind of telephone service do you use most?

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skype-photo.jpgSkype has about 663 million users worldwide who make voice and video calls over the internet. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET

Microsoft Corp. is buying internet telephone service Skype in a deal valued at $8.5 billion US.

The purchase price for the deal, which has been approved by the boards of both companies, would include debt. At that price, the Skype takeover tops Microsoft's biggest previous acquisition -- a $6-billion purchase of the online ad service aQuantive in 2007.

Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market.

- With files from The Associated Press

What kind of telephone service do you use most? Let us know in the comments below.
(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)

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