I just purchased the Artone blue tooth gizmo a couple of weeks ago. So far it works very well. No problems with pairing and usually stays connected.
It is more reliable with bluetoothing then the Smartlink I tried several months ago. The Artone is also a much more compact unit then the Smartlink. Remember, you still have to wear the larger Smartlink around your neck during bluetoothing for correct positioning of the microphone (for them to hear you). However in fairness to Phonak, the Smartlink does way more then just bluetoothing with a phone but it comes at an exponentially higher cost. The Smartlink performed perfect in all areas except for bluetooth. This made it difficult for me to justify the price. I really needed the bluetoothing to perform realiably becuase I use the phone a lot. I even tried replacing the phone and the Smartlink unit with similar results.
In my opinion, for bluetooth purposes only, the Artone neckloop is just much more convenient, reliable, and affordable.
I have two Savia’s with a watch remote control. It’s just a click of the watch to set the hearing aids to t-coil mode, and a click of the Artone unit button and I can hear with both ears which is a dramatic improvment for me. I use the t-coil with mic option so I can still hear background noise in the room as well.
My only complaint of the Artone is the flashing blue light on the unit. It is way too bright at night, and it is quite noticable in a unlit room or your vehicle.