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TMCNet:  MPHASE TECHNOLOGIES INC - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION OF FINANCIAL CONDITIONS AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

[November 14, 2012]

MPHASE TECHNOLOGIES INC - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION OF FINANCIAL CONDITIONS AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(Edgar Glimpses Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The following is management's discussion and analysis of certain significant factors which have affected mPhase's financial position and should be read in conjunction with the accompanying financial statements, financial data, and the related notes.



CAUTIONARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Some of the statements contained in or incorporated by reference in this Form 10-Q discuss the Company's plans and strategies for its business or state other forward-looking statements, as this term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "plan," "intend," "should," "seek," "will," and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying them. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning the Company's expectations regarding its working capital requirements, gross margin, results of operations, business, growth prospects, competition and other statements of expectations, beliefs, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Any forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those results expressed in or implied by the statements contained herein.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS OVERVIEW mPhase, a New Jersey corporation founded in 1996, is a publicly-held company with over 23,000 shareholders and approximately 4.4 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The Company's common stock is traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the ticker symbol XDSL. We are headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut with offices in Little Falls, NJ. mPhase shares common office space with Microphase Corporation, a privately held company. Microphase is a leader in the field of radio frequency and filtering technologies within the defense and telecommunications industry. It has been in operation for over 50 years and supports mPhase with both engineering and administrative and financial resources as needed.

mPhase is a development stage company specializing in microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology. mPhase is in the process of commercializing its first nanotechnology-enabled product for military and commercial applications - The Smart NanoBattery providing Power On Command™.

The new patented and patent pending battery technology, based on the phenomenon of electrowetting, offers a unique way to store energy and manage power.

Features of the Smart NanoBattery include potentially infinite shelf life, environmentally friendly design, fast ramp to power, programmable control, and direct integration with microelectronic devices.

The platform technology behind the Smart NanoBattery is a porous nanostructured material used to repel and precisely control the flow of liquids. The material has a Smart Surface that can potentially be designed for other product applications including medical oxygen generation, hot/cold packs and emergency lighting.

mPhase has completed a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) grant, part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, with the U.S. Army for continued development of a reserve Smart NanoBattery for a critical computer memory application.

Since our inception in 1996, we have been a development-stage company and operating activities have related primarily to research and development, establishing third-party manufacturing relationships and developing product brand recognition, and since July 1, 2007, we have focused primarily upon development of our smart reserve battery and other battery and illuminator products.

20-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Description of Operations Microfluidics, MEMS, and Nanotechnology In February of 2004, mPhase entered the business of developing new products based on materials whose properties and behavior are controlled at the micrometer and nanometer scales. (For reference, a micrometer or micron is equal one millionth (10 -6) of a meter and a nanometer is one billionth (10 -9) of a meter - the scale of atoms and molecules. A human hair is approximately 50 microns in diameter, or 50,000 nanometers thick.) The Company has expertise and capabilities in microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and nanotechnology. Microfluidics refers to the behavior, precise control and manipulation of fluids that are geometrically constrained to a small, typically micrometer scale. MEMS is the integration of mechanical elements, sensors, actuators, and electronics on a common silicon substrate through microfabrication technology. Nanotechnology is the creation of functional materials, devices and systems through control of matter (atoms and molecules) on the nanometer length scale (1-100 nanometers), and exploitation of novel phenomena and properties (physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, electrical) at that length scale. In its Smart NanoBattery, mPhase exploits the physical phenomenon of electrowetting by which a voltage is used to change the wetting properties of a liquid/solid interface at the nanometer scale. Consider water as the liquid. Through electrowetting, mPhase can change a surface from what is referred to as a hydrophobic ("water fearing") state to a hydrophilic ("water loving") state. In the hydrophobic state, the water beads up or is repelled by the surface. In the hydrophilic state, the water spreads out or is absorbed by the surface. The ability to electronically control the wetting characteristics of a surface at the nanometer scale forms the basis of mPhase's nanotechnology operations and intellectual property portfolio.

In the Smart NanoBattery application, mPhase uses electrowetting as a new technique to activate or literally "turn on" a battery once it is ready to be used for the first time. At the heart of the Smart NanoBattery is a porous, nanostructured superhydrophic or superlyophobic membrane designed and fabricated by mPhase. The so-called superhydrophobic membrane applies to water and the superlyophobic membrane applies to nonaqueous or organic liquids such as ethanol or mineral oil. The difference between the two membrane types lies in the nanoscale architecture at the surface. By virtue of its superhydrophobic or superlyophobic character, the membrane, although porous, is able to physically separate the liquid electrolyte from the solid electrodes so that the battery remains dormant or inactive, thus providing no voltage or current until called upon. This electrolyte-electrode separation gives the battery the feature of potentially unlimited shelf life and the benefit of being always ready when needed, which is not necessarily the case for conventional batteries.

Electrowetting alters the liquid/membrane interface so that the liquid is now able to flow over the membrane's surface and rapidly move through the pores where it is able to contact the solid electrode materials located on the other side of the membrane.

mPhase uses MEMS to precisely control the machining of silicon-based materials at the micrometer and nanometer scales. This ability has led to the Company's proprietary membrane design that controls the wetting and movement of liquids on a solid surface. mPhase uses microfluidics to control the flow of liquid electrolyte through the porous membrane and this is also the basis for other possible applications such as self-cleaning surfaces, filtration and separation and liquid delivery systems.

History of Nanotechnology Operations Smart NanoBattery mPhase Technologies along with Bell Labs jointly conducted research from February 2004 through April of 2007 that demonstrated control and manipulation of fluids on superhydrophobic and superlyophobic surfaces to create a new type of battery or energy storage device with power management features obtained by controlling the wetting behavior of a liquid electrolyte on a solid surface. The scientific research conducted set the ground work for continued development of the Smart NanoBattery and formed a path to commercialization of the technology for a broad range of market opportunities. During 2005 and 2006, the battery team tested modifications and enhancements to the internal design of the battery to optimize its power and energy density characteristics, as well as making engineering improvements that were essential in moving the battery from a zinc-based chemistry to a commercial lithium-based chemistry that can be manufactured on a large scale. The Company began its efforts by entering into a $1.2 million 12 month Development Agreement with the Bell Labs division of Alcatel/Lucent for exploratory research of control and manipulation of fluids on superhydrophobic surfaces to create power cells ( batteries) by controlling wetting behavior of an electrolyte on nanostructured electrode surfaces. The goal was to develop a major breakthrough in battery technology creating batteries with longer shelf lives as the result of no direct electrode contact (meaning no power drain prior to activation). The Company extended its development effort twice for an additional 2 years ending in March of 2007 and for two additional periods thereafter through July 31, 2007. During this time, the technical focus shifted from trying to separate the liquid electrolyte from nanostructured electrodes to developing a nanostructured membrane that could physically separate the liquid electrolyte from the solid electrodes.

21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mPhase also began working with the Rutgers University Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG) in July of 2005 to conduct contract research in advanced battery chemistries involving lithium. This work involved characterizing and testing materials that could be used in the mPhase battery. In July of 2007, the relationship shifted to a collaboration focused on developing a memory backup battery needed by the U.S. Army. The work was funded through a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) grant.

In July of 2007, mPhase formed a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Always Ready, Inc., to focus on the development of its nanotechnology products. The Company has used this subsidiary as a division of the Company in order to develop increasing brand recognition of its battery product. The Company decided in September of 2007 to transfer its development work out of Bell Labs (Alcatel/Lucent) in order to broaden its nanotechnology product commercialization efforts. Prior to such time mPhase was limited to development using zinc-based batteries since Bell Labs did not have facilities to handle lithium chemistry. mPhase continued to work with Rutgers ESRG that has facilities capable of handing lithium battery development and also engaged in work with other companies to supply essential components, fabricate prototypes, and plan manufacturing approaches. These companies included a well-respected silicon foundry and battery manufacturer.

In February of 2008, the Company announced that a prototype of its Smart NanoBattery was successfully deployed in a gun-fired test at the Aberdeen Proving Ground at Maryland. The test was conducted by the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) of Picatinny, New Jersey. The battery not only survived the harsh conditions of deployment at a gravitational force in excess of 45,000 g, but was also flawlessly activated in the process.

In March of 2008, mPhase announced that it had been invited to submit a proposal for a Phase II STTR grant based upon the successful work it had performed on the Phase I grant to develop a version of the Smart NanoBattey referred to as the multi-cell, micro-array reserve battery for a critical U.S. Army memory backup application. The Phase II grant in the gross amount of $750,000 (net $500,000) was granted to the Company in the middle of September of 2008. In March of 2008, the Company also announced the successful transfer to a commercial foundry of certain processes critical to the manufacturing of its Smart NanoBattery. This enabled fabrication of the porous membranes for the multi-cell, micro-array reserve battery mentioned above. The Company successfully manufactured nanostructured membranes at the foundry that are essential to commercial production of the battery. By achieving a series of delayed activations, the shelf-life and continuous run-time of such battery is increased to a period of time in excess of twenty years. In April of 2008, the Company announced that it had successfully activated its first Smart NanoBattery prototype by electrowetting using a hard-wired configuration and a remotely-activated device.

Remote activation plays a key role in providing power to wireless sensors systems and RFID tags.

Also, in April of 2008, the Company announced that it had successfully produced its first lithium-based reserve battery with a soft or pouch package and breakable separator (in place of the electrowettable membrane) that relies on mechanical rather than electrical activation to provide Power On Command™. The Company believes that it is a significant milestone in moving from a low energy density zinc-based battery to a higher energy density lithium-based battery towards proving that the Smart NanoBattery will eventually be economically and commercially viable.

In fiscal years ended June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2011, the Company focused upon further development of its Smart Nano Battery under a Phase II STTR grant from the U.S. Army as a potential reserve battery for a back-up computer memory application for a weapons system. The Company has recently completed such Phase II Army grant. On November 12, of 2010, the Company announced that it had successfully triggered and activated its first functional multi-cell smart nano battery. Triggering and activation of the cells of the battery were achieved by using the technique of electrowetting or programmable triggering. Triggering was accomplished by applying a pulse of electrical energy to a porous, smart surface membrane located inside each cell in the battery causing the electrolyte to come in contact with the cell's electrodes, creating the chemical reaction to produce voltage inside of the multi-cell battery. The multi-cell battery consists of a matrix of 12 individual cells populated with an electrode stack consisting of lithium and carbon monofluoride materials with each rated at 3.0 volts. Using a custom designed circuit board for testing, each of the cells in the battery were independently triggered and activated without affecting any of the non-activated cells in the multi-cell configuration. Each cell in the battery has a very long shelf-life prior to triggering.

On February 9, 2011, the Company announced that it had signed a 3 year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny, New Jersey, to continue to cooperatively test and evaluate the mPhase Smart NanoBattery, including new design features functionally appropriate for DoD based systems requiring portable power sources. The army researchers are evaluating the prototypes using the Army's testing facilities at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey in order to determine applicability of the technology to gun fired munitions and potentially to incorporate the technologies into research and development and other programs sponsored by Picatinny. The Research Agreement is supported by the Fuze & Precision Armaments Technology Directorate.

22 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In March of 2012, the Company accepted an invitation to visit a Cluster of International Technology research and development in Grenoble, France. The Cluster is made up on multinational companies and sponsored by various agencies of the French Government to perform advanced technology research is the area of energy storage devices, micro fluidics and nanotechnology. The Company is continuing exploratory negotiations with 3 potential strategic partners each of which is a member of the cluster to "custom tailor" its intellectual property and component products for use in a commercial end product.

On June 6, 2012, the Company announced that negotiations with two creditors have led to a standstill agreement and restructuring of approximately $1,500,000 in floating rate convertible securities into 8% fixed rate debt instruments with payments commencing on October 1, 2012 at an aggregate amount of approximately $70,000 per month for two years The beneficial effect of restructuring of the variable convertibility feature should give the Company the control it needs to cease the automatic dilution outside of the Company's control of its issued and outstanding common stock. The debt restructuring should allow the company the flexibility it needs to obtain other funding.

During fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 the Company announced that it had successfully completed a prototype of a new automotive and marine product designed by a premiere European automotive company of luxury cars. A series of prototypes has resulted in a significant reduction in size and increased functionality of the product. The Company believes that the small footprint and distinguished designed may have significant appeal to both original equipment manufacturers and the automotive and marine aftermarket. The Company, pending establishment of a complete marketing and distribution network for the product, has not disclosed the product's identity in order to first establish a "first to market presence" against potential competitors. The Company has identified and had discussions with a marketing agency and launch firm for the new product.

On July 17, 2012, the Company announced that it has executed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a framework formalizing a cooperative collaboration to jointly pursue business opportunities, research and development ("R&D") projects, and other appropriate cooperative arrangements between the parties.

The Parties anticipate joint efforts towards achieving mutually beneficial goals and objectives with the intent of working together collaboratively in the design and fabrication of an advanced battery technology utilizing intellectual property and know-how from both parties with the possibility of integrating and advancing mPhase 's Smart NanoBattery Technology with Stevens graphene based inkjet printing method for printing electrodes and electronic circuits. The parties also wish to explore the possibility of funding Stevens research activities relative to graphene based research projects to advance the inkjet printing of electronics utilizing advanced materials. Stevens and mPhase also agreed to pursue joint collaborations with Government Research Agencies and other Corporations.

On August 7, 2012 the Company announced its intention to explore the possibility of complementing its Smart NanoBattery with new printing technologies utilizing graphene and other advanced materials.

On August 16, 2012 the Company announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for a Reserve Battery System Utility patent.The techniques described in the patent are for creating a battery system that is easily activated via a low energy mechanical force, thus allowing the reserve battery to be used in a wide variety of consumer related and non-consumer related electrical devices. The invention generally relates to a reserve battery, which includes a battery case having an electrolyte compartment at a first end and an electrode compartment at a second end, a first terminal having an external button connected to the case at the first end, and a second terminal connected to the case at the second end. A movable ampoule is movably positioned within the electrolyte compartment. A bias member is located within the case between the external button and the ampoule, and a porous cutter is positioned within the case between the electrodes and the ampoule and supported by an inverted U-shaped support structure. When an external force is applied to the external button, the bias member transfers an internal force to the ampoule to cause the ampoule to engage the cutter and allow the electrolyte to release thus activating the battery.

On September 13, 2012 the Company announced the receipt of a Notice of Allowance from the USPTO for a Modular Device patent. The invention generally relates to a handheld, powered device containing at least one power module having at least one battery, wherein the power module is removable and separately connects to each of the load modules. The patent relates to a modular device for providing multiple modular components that may be interchanged as desired. A system for providing a modular device for use in emergency or everyday applications and having a plurality of modular components that are interchangeable with one another depending on the particular desired use.

23-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Emergency Flashlight On December 5, 2008, mPhase Technologies, Inc. signed a contract with Porsche Design Gesellschaft m.b.H. in Austria ("Porsche Design' Studio"), to design a premium version of the AlwaysReady Emergency Flashlight. A pilot program that began in March of 2010 has resulted in the sale of approximately 56 emergency flashlights. The flashlight sold in the pilot program contained mPhase's proprietary mechanically-activated lithium reserve battery. The battery contains a breakable barrier that separates the solid electrodes from the liquid electrolyte until the battery is manually activated. Unlike traditional batteries, the mPhase battery remains in an inert state with no leakage or self-discharge until activation. The mPhase battery is designed to have an almost infinite shelf life making it ideal for emergency lighting applications.

The premium flashlight will be marketed as an accessory for automobile roadside emergency kits.

On January 29, 2009, the Company announced that it had contracted with EaglePicher Technologies to design and manufacture, in small quantities, its mechanically-activated battery that were used in the pilot program of sales of the Company's new Emergency Flashlight. EaglePicher was selected for the project because of their experience in custom and standardized power solutions for the extreme environments of aerospace and military applications as well as medical and commercial applications.

The reserve battery is a manually activated lithium cell designed to provide Power On Command. The battery remains dormant until "turned on" by the user. It is built to the highest standards with a minimum storage life of 20 years. Once activated, the reserve battery is expected to deliver the electrical performance of a standard primary CR123 battery used in many portable electronic applications today.

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, along with EaglePicher Company, is a world leader in custom and standardized power solutions for the extreme environments of aerospace and military applications as well as medical and commercial applications. The company specializes in design and manufacture of battery cells, battery packaging, battery management systems (BMS), analysis, environmental testing, and energetic devices. Active in battery development and testing since 1922, EaglePicher Technologies has the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier.

Owing to cost considerations, the Company has decided to utilize a cost reduced active-reserve battery in its current version of its emergency flashlight product for potential sales after the pilot program. Such active reserve battery also has a very long shelf life and enables the Company to significantly reduce the selling price of the Emergency Flashlight. In March 2011,the Company received an initial order from Porsche Design Group in Germany for mPhase's Porsche design branded mPower Emergency illuminators to be sold in Porsche Design stores in Germany, Great Britain and the United States and it began shipments of the Emergency Illuminators in April of 2011.

The Company is planning a cost-reduction of its luxury illuminator product in order to penetrate a higher volume sales channel beyond the higher end market.

Magnetometer In March of 2005, the Company entered into a second Development Agreement for 12 months at a cost of $1.2 million with the Bell Labs to develop MEMS-based ultrasensitive magnetic sensor devices, also known as magnetometers, that could be used in military and commercial electronics ( e.g., cell phones) for determining location, as well as in portable security and metal detection applications. The agreement was renewed in April of 2006 for another 12 months.

Although proven to work in the lab, the magnetometer technology could not be scaled up as quickly and as cost effectively as the Company's nano battery. The project was suspended in September 2007 so that all technical resources could be allocated to the nano battery project.

Jump Starter On October 17, 2011 the Company announced that it has developed a new product with Porsche Design Studio for the automotive and marine markets. The product is a rechargeable "jump starter" designed to recharge a dead automotive or similar battery that is small enough to fit into the glove compartment of a car. The Company, subject to adequate financing, is examining avenues for the production and marketing of the product. The Company believes there may be a significant market for this product since it is quickly rechargeable and is substantially smaller than other competing products in the market.

24-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FINANCIAL OVERVIEW Revenues. Since July 1, 2007, quarterly revenue, if any, has primarily been attributable to grants from the United States Army and testing arrangements involving its nanotechnology products. The Company is not currently working on any research in connection with government grants. The Company plans to apply for further STTR and SBIR grants with respect to its nanotechnology research and product development efforts. The Company also derived minor revenues in connection with sales of its emergency flashlight product under an initial pilot program that commenced in March of 2010.

Cost of revenues. Cost associated with revenues from Army Grants and fees for testing our nanotechnology products is currently very low. It is anticipated that the Company's cost of revenues will increase significantly as the Company moves forward with the commercialization and distribution of its emergency flashlight product and other potential products associated with its mechanically-activated reserve battery.

Research and development. Research and development expenses have consisted principally of direct labor and payments made to MKE manufacturing (an approved vendor of Porsche), Porsche Design Studio and Microphase Corporation in connection with the Company's Emergency Illuminator product and to Silex, a foundry located in Sweden, as well as other third party vendors involved in the development of the nanotechnology products. All research and development costs are expensed as incurred. Such expenses are expected to increase in the next fiscal year as the Company introduces a second automotive product into the market and pursues design and development of a cost reduced flashlight product.

General and administrative. General and administrative expenses consist primarily of salaries and related expenses for personnel engaged in its nanotechnology product line, legal and accounting personnel. In addition the Company from time to time will use outside consultants. Certain administrative activities are outsourced on a monthly fee basis to Microphase Corporation and mPhase leases its office in Norwalk, Connecticut from Microphase Corporation.

Non-cash compensation charges . The Company makes extensive use of stock, stock options and warrants as a form of compensation to employees, directors and outside consultants. We incurred non-cash compensation charges totaling $19,501,094 from inception (October 2, 1996) through September 30, 2012.

Other Income (Expense). Included in Other Expense are non-recurring items related to the change in the value of derivative securities and amortization as related debt discount. Such amounts will fluctuate significantly and should not be considered as recurring or in any way indicative of operating results. In addition, it has been the Company's policy to record as an expense the cost of re-pricing securities (Reparation Cost) to raise capital.

Cumulative losses, net worth and capital needs The Company has incurred cumulative development stage losses of $203,137,845 and negative cash flow from operations of $88,823,004 from inception through September 30, 2012. The auditors' report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 includes the statement that "there is substantial doubt of the Company's ability to continue as a going concern". As of September 30, 2012, the Company had a negative net worth of ($4,948,242) compared to a negative net worth of ($5,502,767) as of June 30, 2012 as a result of continuing net losses, reduced in the current three months primarily by conversions of convertible notes and accrued interest in excess of the net loss for the current period.

The Company has convertible notes funded under a number of facilities with Accredited Investors. Draws under this facility for the three months ended September 30, 2012 amounted to $0 (accounted for as a pay-down of notes receivable) and also the collection of $0 of accrued interest (included in the statement of operations). The Company has significant overhang from funded and unconverted portion of these convertible notes in excess of $1,523,462 convertible into 1,044,666,287 shares of common stock. On June 6, 2012 the Company announced the restructuring of all of its convertible securities that were issued to JMJ Financial and John Fife of approximately $1,500,000. The result of the restructuring is that such debt is now 8% fixed rate debt payable in equal monthly payments over a two year period of time commencing October of 2012. The monthly payments that must be made by the Company amount to approximately $70,000 per month. The Company intends to raise funds in the equity private placement market and though its equity line of credit to meet this obligation as well as short term operating needs. The Company has not, as of the date hereof, made any of the monthly payments, in cash and the holders have continued to accrue interest on the convertible notes.

The Company anticipates it will need to establish new and additional funding sources for the remaining portion of fiscal year 2013. The Company raised $215,000 in net proceeds from private placements of 561,250,000 shares of its common stock during the three months ended September 30, 2012. In addition the Company has entered into an Equity Line with a fund sponsored by Dutchess Capital and has registered a total of 250 million shares of common stock on a Form S-1 Registration Statement that is effecitve. Under the terms of the Equity Line, the Company is eligible to "PUT" from time to time up to 20 million shares to the Dutchess fund at a price equal to 94% of the proceeds received from periodic sales of the common stock in the open market by the Dutchess fund. The Company has received $4,000 in net proceeds from the exercise of a 7th partial PUT options during the three months ended September 30, 2012.

25 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Company has been unable to fund short term capital needs for the approximately $70,000 it needs to pay in cash on the convertible notes. The Company is seeking new sources of short term funding to make such payments. In the longer term, we estimate that the Company will need to raise approximately $300,000 and $5,000,000 of additional capital above these funds through June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2014 respectively in order to fund commercialization of its products.

The Company does not expect to derive any material revenue from its nanotechnology product development during the current fiscal year. The Company estimates that material revenues from its SmartNanoBattery could occur in 18 months depending upon the Company's ability to secure federal funding in the form of SBIR grants and adoption and custom tailoring of such product as a reserve battery to a computer memory or other function for a specific weapons system. Additional revenues may be derived as early as the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 from further sales of the Company's emergency flashlight product depending upon the establishment of a successful licensing arrangement with a major high-end product distributor.

THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 VS. SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 REVENUE Total revenues were $2,154 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $0 for the three months ended September 30, 2011.The absence in revenue was the result of completion of the Phase II Army grant by the Company and the fact that during the quarter the Company did not receive any awards of new government grants.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Research and development expenses were $993 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $41,403 during the comparable period in 2011 or a decrease of $40,410. This decrease in spending is a result of completion of its smart nano battery prototype and its emergency flashlight using its mechanically-activated reserve battery as brought to market in its pilot program as well as the Company's current austerity program with respect to costs. This was offset, in part, by development of a second automotive product by the Company to be introduced in the market, assuming the availability of sufficient funding, during the fiscal year 2013.

Subject to available funds, the Company expects to increase its research and development efforts throughout fiscal years 2013 and 2014. Such research is expected to focus on other applications for "smart surfaces" including the Smart Nano Battery. The initial applications for the nano power cell technology will address the need to supply emergency and reserved power to a wide range of electronic devices for both commercial and defense applications.

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $283,080 for the three months ending September 30, 2012, down from $6,888,462 or a decrease of $6,605,382 from the comparable period in 2011. Administrative expenses were held in check as the Company has made a concentrated effort to freeze or otherwise reduce administrative costs while it seeks to commercialize its smartnanobattery product capabilities and secure more substantial research funding for possible applications of its "smart surfaces" technology.

OTHER (EXPENSE) AND INCOME Included in this category are non-cash gains and costs associated with convertible debt that include a non-cash gain for the change in derivative value of $771,241 offset by amortization of debt discount costs of $92,538 and $17,500 of prepayment fees and charges, resulting in a net credit of $661,203 from derivative liabilities associated with the Company's convertible debt and is not indicative of operating results. Additionally, net interest expense of $69,943 brought the total other income (expense) to $591,260 in the current period. For the same period ended September 30, 2011, net other income (expense) totaled $754,895, consisting primarily of net credits of $824,454 from derivative liabilities and other income of $1,131, reduced by interest expense of $70,690.

NET INCOME AND (LOSS) The Company recorded net income of $293,062 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to a loss of $6,179,222 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. This represents a net income per common share of $0.00 and loss per share of $(0.00) for the three month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 respectively. The net loss recorded in the current period as compared to the net loss reported for the same period last year is directly attributable to the magnitude of the net gain from derivative liabilities associated with the Company's convertible debt recorded for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and is not indicative of operating results.

26-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES REVENUE RECOGNITION As required, mPhase has adopted ASC 605-10-525 "Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements", which provides guidelines on applying generally accepted accounting principles to revenue recognition based upon the interpretations and practices of the SEC.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Research and development costs are charged to operations as incurred in accordance with ASC 730 "Research and Development." MATERIAL EQUITY INSTRUMENTS The Company has material equity instruments including convertible debentures and convertible notes that are accounted for as derivative liabilities (SEE BELOW) and options and warrants that are evaluated quarterly for potential reclassification as liabilities pursuant to FASB Standards Codification Topic 815 (previously known as EITF 00-19) (SEE ALSO NOTE 3 under the caption "Other Equity"). The Company utilized a sequencing method prescribed by EITF 00-19, based upon applying shares available to contracts with the earliest inception date first. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, the Company reclassified contracts for warrants to purchase 12,604,168 shares at fixed prices ranging from $.13 to $.15 per share to liabilities.

The liability was recorded at the fair market value, which estimated value was based upon the contractual life of the free standing warrants, using the Black Scholes pricing model, based on the following weighted average assumptions: annual expected return of 0%, an average life of 5 years, annual volatility of 81% and a risk-free interest rate of 2.25%. At the issuance date of the free standing warrants, which warrants were issued during the fourth quarter of fiscal June 30, 2008, the estimated value approximated $1,006,200 and, as recalculated on the quarterly measurement dates, at June 30, 2008 the estimated value approximated $433,300. During fiscal year ended 2009, the estimated value was reduced to zero. The net change in the liability was credited to the change in derivative value in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2008 and 2009 for $572,900 and $433,300, respectively, for each of these periods in accordance with FASB Standards Codification Topic 815 (previously known as EITF 00-19). Effective May, 2009, warrants to purchase 11,111,112 shares, and effective September, 2009, warrants to purchase 1,493,056 shares, representing all of the contracts for warrants to purchase 12,604,168 shares that were reclassified to liabilities during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, were reclassified to permanent equity.

Subsequent to September 30, 2009, the Company has not entered into, and presently the Company does not have, any contracts for warrants or other equity instruments subject to reclassification to liabilities as prescribed by FASB Standards Codification Topic 815 (previously known as EITF 00-19) until August 10, 2011, when it entered into a Convertible Note for $25,000, which concurrently provided the note holder a warrant and recorded an additional derivative liability for the warrant.

DERIVATIVE LIABILITY The Company has estimated the value of the derivative liability associated with its convertible debt. Such estimate is based on a Black Scholes calculation and is initially recorded for each convertible debt agreement at the time the debt was issued. At each reporting period, the value of this liability is marked to market and adjusted accordingly. Such adjustments are included in Other Income (Expense).

STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION On July 1, 2005, the Company adopted the provisions of ASC 718 "Compensation - Stock Compensation" which requires companies to measure and recognizes compensation expense for all employee stock-based payments at fair value over the service period underlying the arrangement. Therefore, the Company is now required to record the grant-date fair value of its stock-based payments (i.e., stock options and other equity-based compensation) in the statement of operations. The Company adopted the "modified prospective" method, whereby fair value of all previously-granted employee stock-based arrangements that remained unvested at July 1, 2005 and all grants made on or after July 1, 2005 have been included in the Company's determination of stock-based compensation expense.

27-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MATERIAL RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS MICROPHASE CORPORATION mPhase's President is also an officer and shareholder of Microphase and mPhase's Chief Operating Officer is also an employee of Microphase. On May 1, 1997, the Company entered into an agreement with Microphase whereby it would use office space as well as the administrative services of Microphase, including the use of accounting personnel. This agreement was for $5,000 per month and was on a month-to-month basis. In July 1998, the office space agreement was revised to $10,000, in January 2000 to $11,050 per month, in July 2001 to $11,340 per month, in July 2002 to $12,200 per month, in January 2003 to $10,000 per month, and in July 2003 to $18,000 per month. Additionally, in July 1998, mPhase entered into an agreement with Microphase, whereby mPhase would reimburse Microphase $40,000 per month for technical research and development. In January 2003 the technical research and development agreement was revised to $20,000 per month, and in July 2003 it was further revised to $5,000 per month for technical and research development, $5,000 per month for administrative services and $5,000 per month under the office space agreement. Beginning July 1, 2006, billings for all of the above services has been $5,000 per month and in July, 2008, such fees were reduced to $3,000 per month. As of July 1, 2011, the fees have increased to $3,630 per month. In addition, Microphase also charges fees for specific projects on a project-by-project basis.

During the three months ended September 30, 2011 and September 30, 2012 and from inception (October 2, 1996), $13,191, $5,399 and $9,488,788 respectively, have been charged to expense. As a result of the foregoing transactions as of September 30, 2012, the Company had a $58,526 payable to Microphase.

JANIFAST LTD.

The Company historically has purchased products and incurred certain research and development expenses with Janifast Ltd that had offices in Hong Kong and a manufacturing operation in the Peoples Republic of China in connection with products associated with its former telecommunications business that was recently discontinued as a business. Janifast Ltd was owned by a company in which two directors and one former director of mPhase were significant shareholders. In March of 2009 Janifast Ltd ceased operations owing to financial distress and adverse global financial and credit conditions.

Janifast Limited had been a significant shareholder of the Company until September 19, 2009, when it transferred to Mr. Durando 11,735,584 shares, representing all the shares of the Company held by Janifast, in consideration of the cancellation of loan obligations of $181,901 to Mr. Durando in connection with the plan of its liquidation.

During the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2012 and the period from inception (October 2, 1996), $0, $0 and $16,031,811 respectively, have been charged by Janifast to inventory or is included in operating expenses in the accompanying statements of operations.

OTHER RELATED PARTIES Mr. Abraham Biderman was employed until September 30, 2003 by our former investment-banking firm Lipper & Company. On December 31, 2011, Mr. Biderman's affiliated firms of Palladium Capital Advisors and Eagle Strategic Advisers were owed unpaid finders' fees in the amount of $152,000, which is included in due to related parties.

During the three months ended September 30, 2012, the Company issued no shares to consultants who are not considered related parties.

Transactions with Officers At various points during past fiscal years Messrs, Durando, Dotoli and Smiley provided bridge loans to the Company evidenced by individual promissory notes and deferred compensation so as to provide working capital to the Company. All of the notes are payable on demand. During the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, the Board of Directors authorized a conversion feature on these notes into shares of commons stock at the discretion of the holder provided such shares are authorized and available at a conversion price of $.0075 per share, and subsequently reduced such price to $.0040 per share which was comparable to private placements done during that quarter.

28-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total compensation and payables to related parties and to officers is summarized below: Summary of compensation to related parties for the Three Months Ended September 20, 2012 Durando Dotoli Smiley Biderman Microphase Total Consulting / Salary $ 21,691 $ 21,691 $ 21,691 $ 65,072 Interest $ 15,857 $ 11,026 $ 9,086 $ 35,969 Rent $ 3,353 $ 3,353 G&A $ 2,046 $ 2,046 Finders Fees $ 9,500 $ 9,500 Total compensation for the Three Months Ended September 30, 201 $ 37,548 $ 32,716 $ 30,777 $ 9,500 $ 5,399 $ 115,940 Summary of compensation to related parties for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 Durando Dotoli Smiley Biderman Lawrence Microphase Total Consulting / Salary $ 37,500 $ 34,167 $ 33,333 $ 105,000 Interest $ 13,116 $ 8,679 $ 6,337 $ 28,132 Rent $ 10,890 $ 10,890 G&A $ 2,301 $ 2,301Finders Fees $ 8,000 $ 8,000 Stock based compensation (shares issued)* $ 2,488,500 $ 1,858,500 $ 1,858,500 $ 252,000 $ 63,000 $ 6,520,500 Stock based compensation (options previously issued & $ 173,316 $ 103,990 $ 62,394 $ 339,700 repriced)** Totalcompensation $ 2,712,432 $ 2,005,336 $ 1,960,564 $ 260,000 $ 63,000 $ 13,191 $ 7,014,523 Commonstockissued* Optionsissued(5years@5cents)** Summary of Durando Dotoli Smiley Payable Biderman Microphase Total payables to related parties as of September 30, 2012 Notes payable $ 464,723 $ 321,813 $ 271,327 $ 1,057,863 $ 1,057,863 Accrued Wages Officers $ 39,167 $ 39,167 $ 20,416 $ 98,750 $ 98,750 Due to Officers / Affiliates $ 152,000 $ 58,526 $ 210,526 Interest Payable $ 74,628 $ 49,770 $ 37,709 $ 162,108 $ 162,108 Total Payable to Officers / Affiliates as of September 30, 2012 $ 578,519 $ 410,750 $ 329,452 $ 1,318,720 $ 152,000 $ 58,526 $ 1,529,246 Summary of Durando Dotoli Smiley Payable Biderman Microphase Total payables to related parties as of June 30, 2012 Notes payable $ 456,573 $ 333,663 $ 273,177 $ 1,063,413 $ 1,063,413 Accrued Wages Officers $ 29,167 $ 29,167 $ 10,417 $ 68,751 $ 68,751 Due to Officers / Affiliates $ 150,000 $ 53,128 $ 203,128 Interest Payable $ 58,771 $ 38,745 $ 28,623 $ 126,139 $ 126,139 Total Payable to Officers / Affiliates as of June 30, 2012 $ 544,511 $ 401,575 $ 312,217 $ 1,258,303 $ 150,000 $ 53,128 $ 1,461,431 29 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES The Company has incurred cumulative development stage losses of $203,137,845, and negative cash flow from operations of $88,823,004 as of September 30, 2012.

The auditors' report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 includes the statement that "there is substantial doubt of the Company's ability to continue as a going concern". As of September 30, 2012, the Company had a negative net worth of ($4,948,242) compared to a negative net worth of ($5,502,767) as of June 30, 2012 as a result of continuing net losses, reduced in the current three months primarily by conversions of convertible notes and accrued interest in excess of the net loss for the current period.

The Company raised $215,000 in net proceeds from private placements of 561,250,000 shares of its common stock during the three months ended September 30, 2012. The Company entered into a $10,000,000 equity line of Credit with Dutchess Opportunity Fund II, LLC in December of 2011. Under the equity line, the Company is eligible to "PUT" to the fund, 20,000,000 shares of its common stock during any pricing period. The Company has registered a total of $250,000,000 shares of its common stock on a Form S-1 Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that was declared effective on January 17, 2012 in connection with the Dutchess Equity Line. As August 27, 2012, the most recent funding under this agreement, the Company has received $149,428 of net proceeds under the Equity Line. The amount of proceeds to be received under the Equity Line will depend upon the stock price of the Company at the various points in time it exercises the Put Option.

The Company anticipates accessing the Equity Line in combination with private placements of its common stock to be issued from time to time will fund short term capital needs. As a result of the restructuring the Convertible Notes with JMJ Financial and John Fife, the Company is obligated to make monthly payments, in cash of approximately $70,000 commencing October 1, 2012 over a period of two years. The Company has not been able to raise sufficient funds to make the first payment due on October 1, 2012 and the holders of the Convertible Notes have continued to accrue interest on the outstanding balance. The Company is continuing its discussions with the two major holders of the Company's Convertible Notes in order to meet its obligations.. We estimate that the Company will need to raise approximately $200,000 of cash per month through private placements of its common stock with Accredited Investors as well as accessing, from time to time, the Equity Line. The Company is currently in discussions with a major French multinational company to custom tailor its Smart NanoBattery through further research and development and have such multinational company provide funding for such effort. The Company does not expect to derive any material revenue from its nanotechnology product development until after a deployment and custom tailoring of its Smart Nanobattery takes place for such French multinational corporation.

In addition the Company has established a relationship with Stevens Institute and together with its work with Picatinny Arsenal plans to seek additional funding, on a combined basis from the United States Army for custom tailoring its SmartNanoBattery as a reserve battery for either a source of energy for critical mission guidance systems for small scale smart munitions as well as energy source for critical mission computer devices used in weapons systems..

MANAGEMENT'S PLANS The Company has shifted its focus to the development of its "smart surfaces" using the science of nanotechnology. The Company does not expect to derive any material revenue from its nanotechnology product development during the next 18 months. In addition, the Company relies on the continuation of funding under the Equity Line of Credit (See Note 4). This will depend upon the trading volume and liquidity to the Company's common stock as well as its price. The Company's ability to continue as a going concern and its future success is dependent upon its ability to raise capital in the near term to: (1) satisfy its current obligations including, but not limited to its obligations to pay approximately $70,000, (2) continue its research and development efforts, and (3) allow the successful wide scale development, deployment and marketing of its products.

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