I've come through a long line of hardware-keyboard-enabled phones; Nokia 6820, Nokia E70, Nokia E61i, Nokia E90 and the HTC Desire Z. Of these phones, the E90 had the best keyboard, by far, five rows of large keys. I sometimes dreams about it ;-) After the Desire Z there were really no realistic options on the market so I switched to a touch screen phone. I regret it every day.
My HTC One X+ cost Ã 500 in 2013, which is expensive but worth it (IMO) for a high-end phone. I would actually pay Ã 50-75 on top of that for a phone with exactly the same specs (except weight and physical size) which has a hardware keyboard. I would think that adding a hardware keyboard should be doable for that amount of money?