Cell phone signal boosters can be invaluable, but they can also be expensive and a bit complicated. For example, take the SignalBoost Mobile Professional Amplifier Kit from Wilson Electronics. While it works like a charm, it's also expensive ($269) and it comes with quite a few parts to assemble. But if you're on a budget, or you just prefer a simpler option, there are a couple of products from Cell Ranger. Both the Stix and the Port promise to boost your cell phone reception by two to three bars. Both products offer a user-friendly, portable design with just one difference--the Port uses a USB connection for power while the Stix plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. In this review we examined the Port, but essentially they're the same product. The Stix and the Port are $149.99
The Stix consists of two basic parts: a cigarette lighter adapter and a stubby rubber antenna with a cable running between them. The housing around the adapter is rather large, but its narrow neck should accommodate most cars. The antenna measures 4.75 inches and is slightly bendable for added durability. It has a magnetic base that you can affix to the roof of your car. Setup was fairly easy. Attach the antenna to your car and then run the cable through a window so you can connect the adapter to the power source. The cable measures 15 feet so it should be long enough for your needs. Threading the cable through your car door might take some time and effort, and it might be a tad unsightly, but that's the price that you pay for better reception.