Iphone 3g - why doesn't it work?

I purchased a new pair of Nike running shoes excited to link up the sensor and get started using with my iphone 3G. However, I find out the Nike Plus only works with an iphone 3GS. I'm now going to have to return the Nike Sensor for a refund instead of having to upgrade to another Iphone model. Is there anyway around this? Why doesn't it work with the Iphone 3G? What makes the operating system in the 3GS different so it works?

As evidence too there is a hack which gets it working as well:
http://mymojo.ca/index.php/2009/12/31/weekend-project-nike-and-iphone-3g-part-1/

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