Wireless company Wind Mobile wants the federal and provincial governments to provide better consumer protection for cellphone users, including reducing early contract termination fees.

Wind Mobile said it has filed a submission to the Manitoba government’s public consultation paper on improving consumer protection for cellphone and wireless contracts in that province.

Wind said it applauds Manitoba as well as Quebec for taking leadership on consumer protection in the wireless market.

Wind Mobile chairman Anthony Lacavera noted yesterday that a private member’s bill was recently introduced in the Ontario legislature to end “unfair” wireless practices.

New wireless carrier Mobilicity has also asked federal Industry Minister Tony Clement to support legislation that would protect consumers from automatic contract renewals and from high penalties for early contract terminations.