Ok.....with the Contego....I think the Contego is a very good device as it's able to be adjusted on the fly on directional microphones. On the other side of the coin, the Contego doesn't have bluetooth versus the Smartlink SX. Let me give you a breakdown on pros and cons on Contego versus Phonak Smartlink SX:
1. directional microphones- adjustable remotely and on body.
2. volume can also be adjusted
3. seemed very clear and not causing trouble with background noise from clothes
4. Cost a 1/3 price of Smartlink plus 2 receivers because it's used with the aids T-coils
1. No Bluetooth for direct connection with Hearing aids and bluetooth enabled cell phone/computer
2. Bulky...about the size of an classic Ipod
3. T-coil can have interference in certain areas such as high power lines and microwaves
1. Small size , three volume settings, Omnidirectional, wide range and pinpoint range
2. Can be tailored to fit hearing range of Naida aids/receivers
3. Bluetooth capability can make hearing aids work like bluetooth receivers
4. FM doesn't have any interference problems (as far as I have seen with my setup)
1. Seem to make noise when worn on body (clothes rubbing)
2. Cost higher because of 1-2 receivers needed
I trialed the Comfort Contego, but decided on the Phonak Smartlink because of my mobility requirements. If you do not require much in mobility, the Contego is the way to go, otherwise I would say thumbs up on the Smartlink because of the wide range of applications that can be used (computer, ipod, cell phone, home phone, etc.)
If you are looking for a good phone, the Blackberry Curve was a very good phone. The sounds coming from the blackberry was very clear and crisp. Currently I'm using a HTC 8525 (below the 8925 (tilt) phone) and it sounds very good, but if the Curve I traded in for the current phone had wifi, I would have kept it. Text messaging was good on the Curve also.. I think you will really need a phone with 3G capability, so you can have a way to use the WebCaptel service. 3G capabilty helps to have simultaneous data and voice transmission, but I'm not sure if Verizon uses this service. I use ATT.....
Hopefully this helps. If you have any other questions, let me know.
Current hearing aids: Phonak Naida V UP
Current ALS: Smartlink SX transmitter, Phonak ML10i receiver, Clearsounds Quattro Neckloop