Week’s best Apple deals: Save hundreds on refurb and open-box iPads

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Need a tablet? Scoop up deals on open-box and refurbished iPads.
Need a tablet? Scoop up deals on open-box and refurbished iPads now.
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We’ve spotted a bunch of killer iPad deals this week, including one on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. You’ll find those hot buys, plus a free year of iPhone service and more, in this week’s grab bag of best Apple deals.

Refurb iPad Air at GameStop from $187

GameStop discounts a selection of refurbished iPad Air and Air 2 tablets, with prices starting at $187.49. That yields all-time lows for almost all of the available models. Shipping starts at around $9. Stock is limited for most models.

Two of our top choices, both all-time lows and with $9.49 for shipping, are: the refurb iPad Air 9.7-inch 16GB Wi-Fi tablet in space gray or white for $187.49 (low by $13); and the refurb unlocked iPad Air 2 9.7-inch 16GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet in gold, space gray or silver for $224.99 (low by $165). Note: No warranty information is provided, but the seller offers a seven-day money back guarantee.

Open-box 9.7-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi for $500

If you want more power (insert ’90s-era Tim Allen grunts here) than the refurb deals above, check out this open-box iPad Pro 9.7-inch 128GB Wi-Fi tablet in space gray for $499.99 with free shipping.

That’s tied with our mention from a week ago as the lowest price we’ve seen for it in any condition. It’s also $80 under the best deal we could find for a new unit now. Note: A one-year Quick Ship Electronics warranty applies.

One year of unlimited Virgin Mobile service for $1 with iPhone purchase

In the market for a new iPhone? Why settle for a discounted handset when you can get service practically free? At Virgin Mobile, buy an iPhone starting at $279 and get an entire year of the Virgin Mobile Inner Circle Unlimited Wireless Service Plan for just $1.

With free shipping, that’s a savings of $599 for this service plan. The Inner Circle Unlimited plan includes unlimited talk, text and data. Some exclusions may apply. Deal ends July 31.

Note: After your first 12 months, you’ll be billed $50 per month for the Inner Circle Plan unless you cancel. This offer is available to new customers who buy an iPhone and transfer their number, and for current Virgin Mobile customers who upgrade to an iPhone.

This War of Mine for iPhone, iPad or Android for $2

IGN calls This War of Mine “a different — and far more honest — kind of game” compared to other first-person shooters that are more easily mastered. Play as a band of survivors trying to get by in a war zone, and save big: iTunes is offering downloads of This War of Mine for iPhone and iPad for $1.99. That’s $13 off — the lowest price we’ve seen for this game.