They were a thing in Germany, too.
They called the tabletops FeTAp (Fernsprechtischapparat) and the wall ones FeWAp (Fernsprechwandapparat). The Deutsche Post, to which the telephone network belonged until the 90’s, loved to use such cryptic acronyms. Google them and you’ll find many pictures of German phones from the 60’s till 80’s.
Most people preferred the table ones. They usually had enough cable to conveniently carry them throughout the house. Wall mounted phones were more likely to be found in work places were employees are not supposed to sit down and talk for a long time.
Similar with coin phones, but the acronyms were less consistent there. Some are called MünzFw (Münzfernwähler). Once I’ve seen this monster in some village still in use in the 80’s:
It has a display for the remaining money. Full coins are visible on a slide through the window, and the fractions were displayed with light bulbs, which were controlled by a relay circuit. Hearing the clunks of the relays was certainly an interesting experience.
Also unlike the US payphones, German payphones have their own coin counter instead of bells or beeps. The exchange in turn sends a tact signal, which let the payphone subtract a unit from the remaining money. If there is none left, it simply cuts the line.
No easy to forge bell noises involved.