We’re still seeing a lot of confusion in the market about what a “Contour Next” meter can do. To save myself from repetition I’m putting this information down in one clear place.
There are currently four BG meters in Australia that use Contour Next strips. They all have different features!
|Contour Next||Small. Uses two CR2032 batteries. Has USB port, but no wireless link.|
|Contour Next One||Described in an earlier article on this site. Uses two CR2032 batteries.
Has Bluetooth and can link to the Contour or xDrip+ apps on your phone. DOES NOT LINK DIRECTLY TO ANY PUMP.
The newest model of these meters, supposedly with slightly-higher accuracy.
|Contour Next Link||The end-cap comes off to expose a USB connector. Has internal battery which is recharged via USB.
Has 900 MHz radio link to Medtronic Paradigm and Veo pumps. Can act as simple remote control for those pumps.
|Contour Next Link 2.4||Just like the Contour Next Link, but instead of the 900 MHz radio has a 2.4 Gz ZigBee radio which can link to the Medtronic 600-series pumps. The only visual difference is the letters “2.4” printed in the name.
DOES NOT HAVE BLUETOOTH and thus won’t link wirelessly to a phone.
Incidentally, the USB port on this meter can be connected to an “OTG” USB port on an Android phone and be used to extract live alarm/CGM/dose information from a 600-series pump and link it to a Nightscout database.
All these meters use the Contour Next strips available through NDSS. But as you can see, there are some significant differences in their functions.