Dude, Completing successful labs are important than certification. Salaries will varied accordng to your experience. You can expect more than 60k/month. Good luck.
Sky's the limit if you have the knowledge. Passing the exams & understanding how stuff really works are 2 different things.
If you looking at the scope of CCNP Voice/CCVP in India, then i would say - Yes. it's worth going for CCNP Voice/CCVP(only if you have the knowledge, you'll get a job).
I am totally agree with you. Excellent tip for all the Cisco Voice Engineer. Everyone has to follow the same to become professionalism in VoIP Domain. Good Luch and Happy New Year
There is very little you can do with Voip on GNS3. GNS3 works great with Routing & voip needs specific hardware ports such as fxs,fxo,etc.. which GNS3 doesn't have.
You can install CCM on VMware & bring up a CIPC - That's how far you can go with it.
Buying routers in India with the ports is going to cost quite a bit. I have saved some money and will be buying it for my CCIE Voice studies - nothing beats the feel of a real router.
It is possible to run many labs in GNS 3 and Vmware using Vmware workstation. You can create multiple locations like HQ and Branch and connect them using routers in GNS3. You can test CME labs. H.323 and SIP features. Only yoy cant do is MGCP and T1/E1 configurations and analog phone testing.
The key to get better job and respect is knowledge but not certification only.
I have seen people who clear certs by reading dumps but face a lot of humiliation when they have to justify the same.
Don't run behind certs, Run behind knowledge and jobs will follow you automatically.
Do as much recreate as possible, save some money and but real stuff from ebay.
Believe me there is a big difference in GNS and real equipments, I've been troubleshooting Voice issues in TAC and the real equipment is the best way to recrerate and learn this technology rather than the simulated equipments.